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NUMBER 91 • MARCH 1983 • $1.75 • UK SOP 



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"The liberation of homosexuals 

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- Kurt Hitler, 1921 - 

The Collective 

John Allec. Christine Bearchell. Rick Beboul. Gerald Hannon. 

Ed Jackson. Stephen Mac Donald. Tim McCaskell. Ken Popert. 

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Philip Fotheringham. Maraa Gillespie. Ed Jackson. Bill Loos. 

Glenn Pelshea. Kevin Orr. Stephen Riggins. Roger Spalding. 

Richard Summerbell. Ken Tomilson. Glenn Wheeler 

(Toronto News Stall) 

Richard Banner. Fred Gilbertson. Jackie Goodwin. 

Kevin Griliin, Rob Joyce. Don Larventz. Jim Oakes. 

Stan Persky 

(Vancouver News Stall) 

Maurice Beaulieu (Quebec), Wayne Bell (Kitchener). 

Nelson Carry (Montreal). Nils Ctausson (Edmonton). 

Bill Kobewka (Saskatoon). Jetlrey McLaughlin (Victoria), 

Andrew Mitchell (Saskatoon). Jim Monk (Windsor), 

Jell O'Malley (Winnipeg). Fay Orr (Calgary), 

Joe Szalai (Kitchener) 

International 

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Reviews and Features 

John Allec, Hick Btboul, Gerald Hannon, Stephen MacDonaU 

Rick Archbold, Paul Baker Gerry Oxiord. Richard Summerbell, 
Phil Shaw, Stephen Sluckey 

Out in the City 

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Greg Saint Louis, Stephen Stuckey, Andrew Zealley 

Columns 

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Vox Victrola, Glenn Wheeler, Mike Young 

and members and Iriends ol the collective. 

Printing: Delta Web Graphics. Scarborough 

Advertising 

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Unfit for service 29 

Last year, more than a hundred lesbians and gay men , like Steptiane Sirard, 
above, were bounced from the Canadian Armed Forces. Glenn Wheeler writes 
on the men and women who want in — and the system that's dead set 
on keeping them out. 

Cruising for peace 33 

"We shall not, we shall not be cruised." A hard song for a gay man to sing? 
Not when the "cruise" carries a nuclear warhead. Michael Riordon on the role 
of gay people in the burgeoning peace movement. 

Requiem 36 

' ' We have to make dying gay, ' ' wrote l\/lichael Lynch in a seminal piece 
on AIDS in our November issue. The man he wrote about died November 21, 
causing grief, yes, but also "the charged new life of friends who have 
experienced loss together. ' ' 

G, Mom 37 

' 'Don 't go out and buy it — lie down and find it. "TheG Spot, that is. 
Sue Golding reviews the latest on locating an orgasm. 

Dialing and diddling 51 

In other orgasmic quests, Gerald Hannon lets his fingers do more than the 
walking, discovering the perils (he might have satin sheets) and pleasures 
(he might have ten and a half inches) of sex by phone. 

Pornography and censorship 10 

Glad Day Books goes on trial in Toronto for selling "obscene" material, while in 
Vancouver, questions remain about Red Hot Video and the attacks on it. verbal 
and otherwise. Also in the news, a talk with outspoken MP Svend Robinson 
and a look at a woman who plans a trip around the world — on a motorcycle. 

Upfrontin Red Deer 18 

It takes guts to form a gay community in a small, conservative city in central 
Alberta. Fay Orr reports on the gutsy men and women who are doing it. 



Grandmother returns! 

After time out from her regular column to 
write a few larger essays, Jane Rule 
returns with "So's Your Grandmother" 
— and a tale of her own grandmother — 
on page 9 of this issue. 

Regular departments 

Letters 4 

Prison Letters 8 

WorldNews 19 

OutintheCity 22 

SharedGround 40 

The Ivory Tunnel 41 

Classifieds 42 

Network 48 

And tlie winner is.... 

Last issue, as part of a subscription promo- 
tion, we offered an ' 'armful of tjooks " asa 
prize for new subscribers. The name drawn 
from ttie drum February 1 was: Matttiew 
Cross, of n^ontreal. Congratulations and 
$154.70 wortti of new books have been 
shipped off to Matthew - but we d like to 
thank the many others who subscribed and 
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many sides does a pink triangle have''} with 
every number between 2 and 7. inclusive! 

Three was the answer we had in mind, but 
we decided we 'd have to accept 2 and 5 as 
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The cover: Photo ol Stiphane Strara (ana a 
poster lor the 1 1 November anti-Cruise protest at 
Litton Industries. Toronto) by Gerald Hannon. 
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Blatant paternalism 

As a gay male who generally enjoys the 
quality of journalism in The Body Pol- 
itic, I was both shocked and angered by 
the way in which the editorial staff com- 
mented on the Wimmin's Fire Brigade 
{TBP, January/ February). The editorial 
was blatantly paternalistic towards 
women, if not outrightly misogynist. 

I wonder first of all how a collective 
composed overwhelmingly of men can 
permit itself to tell women how to strug- 
gle against their oppression {ie, patriar- 
chy). Would rSP allow the women's 
community such decisive powers over 
the gay community? The editorial also 
states that the movement against violent 
pornography has not received wide pop- 
ular support. Would TBP please publish 
any statistical data which supports such 
an assertion. 

What incensed me most about the edi- 
torial was the manner in which feminist 
women who oppose the violent nature of 
most pornography were portrayed: 
"emotion-laden," "very traditional" 
and "anti-porn crusaders." Derogatory 
remarks such as these are reminiscent of 
the ways misogynist men have always 
labelled feminist women, treating them 
as "sexually frustrated women." Right- 
wing elements within the gay (male) 
press have repeated these remarks by 
suggesting that feminist women are 
"anti-sexual." The remarks also perpet- 
uate the myth that women are not capa- 
ble of rationalizing intellectually, instead 
reverting to their emotions. (By the way, 
why can't people rationalize effectively 
in an intellectual and emotional 
manner?) 

Secondly, the editorial seems to lump 
some feminist women with the political 
right (religious fundamentalists who, for 
the most part, condemn pornography 
simply because it portrays sexual scenes 
and not because it attacks women). 
Right-wing elements within the gay press 
(ie. The Advocate) have followed the 
same logic by labelling women against 
violent pornography as "reactionary 
feminists" while defining S&M, fist- 
fucking and other forms of ritualized 
violence as "radical sexuality." By label- 
ling certain feminists as "right-wing," 
gays defending pornography (and some 
forms of violence) have tried to situate 
themselves on the left of the political 
spectrum. 

It seems to me that your editorial 
argues the "freedom" to produce and 
sell all forms of pornography (since the 
editorial does not distinguish between 
violent and non-violent pornography). 
The definition it gives to the word 
"freedom" resembles very much the 
way in which Ronald Reagan uses the 
word. Both allow people the "freedom" 
to exploit others, usually in a violent 
manner. By being primarily concerned 
about the availability of gay male porno- 
graphy to serve gay men, the editorial 
staff has shown great insensitivity, and 
thus contempt, towards women. Women 
have been the most consistent supporters 
of gay rights. Yet the gay (male) press 
has not always been consistently sup- 
portive of women's rights. 

As a last remark, I want to deal with 
the confusion the editorial seems to 
create by not distinguishing erotica from 



pornography, as is done in the article 
written by Jackie Goodwin in the same 
issue. By failing to do so, it also fails to 
deal with the whole nature of pornogra- 
phy, inducing the reader to think that 
pornography necessarily represents a 
healthy sexual model. It thus fails to 
acknowledge the fact that patriarchy 
spills over into the gay male community. 
In the same manner, the right-wing ele- 
ments of the gay (male) press have 
replaced the word "fist-fucking" with 
the word "hand-balling," trying to hide 
its violent nature (the word "fist" con- 
notes a violent act), making it sound 
more like a fun sport. 

I sincerely hope the opinions ex- 
pressed by the editorial staff do not rep- 
resent the views of most gay males. 
Jacques Borque 
Montreal 

AIDS altematives 

Although I agree with most of Michael 
Lynch's article "Living with Kaposi's" 
(TBP, November '82), I am uncomfor- 
table with what appears to be his eleva- 
tion of promiscuity to the status of the 
organizing principle of the gay male 
community. Promiscuity, Michael says, 
is "the foundation of our identity" and 
it "knits the gay community together." 
This transforms promiscuity from a 
rather meaningless evaluative descrip- 
tion of behaviour into an apparent doc- 
trine which gays must defend by word 
and deed. I doubt, however, that the gay 
community will dissolve if gay men 
choose to reduce their risk of contract- 
ing AIDS by reducing their number of 
different sexual contacts until the illness 
is better understood. 

I doubt seriously that I could be con- 
sidered promiscuous by anyone's stan- 
dard, but I have defended such behavi- 
our before gay men, lesbians and 
straights as an equally acceptable choice 
many make. Now Michael appears to 
say it is not an alternative which we may 
choose for a time or vary in any of a 
number of ways, but a necessity. That is 
a poor analysis, and one which I fear can 
do all that Michael accuses Kramer, 
/Fain, Mass and William of doing. 
Marshall R McClintock 
Richland, Washington 



I think Michael Lynch's article on AIDS 
covered the problem with more human- 
ity than anything to date. But perhaps 
the articles by Lynch and Bill Lewis 
underestimated the cause for alarm in 
cities where the problem is bad. 

In New York City, a gay rock musi- 
cian my age had been known in the 
Village for years. Suddenly last spring, 
two weeks after performing in concert, 
he died in St Vincent's Hospital. AIDS 
was the cause. During the summer a 
young handyman acquaintance was sup- 
posed to put a fancy antenna on my 
roof. It never got done because he was in 
hospital with Pneumocystis and has 
recuperated cautiously ever since. A 
popular disc jockey at a local New Wave 
club is also an AIDS patient. With so 
many reminders all around, panic 
doesn't seem so foolish. 



4rrHE BODY POLITIC 



MARCH 1983 



"/ am uncomfortable with what 

appears to be the elevation of promiscuity 

to the status of the organizing principle 

of the gay male community. " 



Of course, it's easy to understand a 
more restrained attitude in a city where 
the problem is not yet serious. Even in a 
panic, one believes everything will be all 
right. In sickness, one must believe it. 

Over a year ago, I volunteered for an 
ongoing AIDS study at New York's 
Roosevelt Hospital. Though I dread 
hospitals and needles, I find this a great 
alternative to worry and idiotic guilt. 
After all, this is strictly a health prob- 
lem. All of us should live our lives 
according to the facts and our own judg- 
ment... and leave the moralizing to the 
homophobic press. 
Jerry Rosco 
New York City 



Over the last ten years I have followed 
with extraordinary interest the terrible 
battle that The Body Politic and the 
Canadian gay community have been 
waging against the Ontario government. 
I've come to expect professional, in- 
telligent journalism in your pages that 
doesn't pander to mediocre standards or 
to the attitude that if something is good 
enough to read it's good enough to 
print. 

So I was extremely disappointed with 
rSP's shrieky, bathetic coverage of the 
ongoing health crisis (see "The Case 
Against Panic," November 1982), and 
especially offended to see the publica- 
tion I work for — the Philadelphia Gay 
News — accused of "using" Nathan 
Fain to help spread a "moral message" 
in covering these critical health prob- 
lems. Frankly, I'm not interested in 
spreading a moral — or immoral, for 
that matter — message to anyone and I 
resent people who presume to lecture 
me. If anything, the 1980s demand that 
we stop spoon-feeding politics to one 
another in arrogant ways making for 
rigid, mechanical, judgments. Dialogue 
does not mean diatribe. 

I think that, in all fairness, since TBP 
has decided to level a fiery critical finger 
at American gay print media, it should 
face up to some serious problems in its 
own editorial content. Specifically: 

1. Why has it taken the collective /;/- 
teen months (since July 1981) to follow 
up on the original New York Times news 
report with cover story treatment of the 
health crisis? 

2. What fee did TfiP disburse to its 
writers for the long hours they poured 
into production of its November issue? 

3. Why did 7BP focus on American 
citizens for virtually its entire feature 
story on the personal problems caused 
by Kaposi's sarcoma (KS)? Buried at the 
end of your coverage of this topic is the 
news that eight gay men in Canada are 
currently being treated for KS. Aren't 
Canadian readers — certainly the main- 
stay of TBP's subscribers — entitled to 
any reportage of their own problems? If 
an American gay publication were to 
cover a major health problem and only 
talk to Canadian citizens, can you ima- 
gine what the response of its readers 
would be? 

4. When will TBP begin a regular 
health column for the benefit of its 
readers? 

Beyond these points, I think TBP 



should apologize to Doctor Lawrence 
Mass for the utterly crass, irresponsible 
and totally inappropriate manner in 
which it has caricatured his work — 
which, like the long hours spent by TBP 
staffers, has been done virtually without 
payment. Would it be appropriate in a 
political essay to describe Dennis 
Altman as an arrogant academic hack 
writer? Of course not, but that's about 
the level of Michael Lynch's snide des- 
cription of Larry Mass's credentials 
("medical mystification assured"). 

I think that Mr Lynch could have 
written a much more incisive feature if 
he had actually bothered to contact 
Nathan Fain and Lawrence Mass (or any 
of the editors at the New York Native, 
Philadelphia Gay News, or the Advo- 
cate). Then he might have actually done 
some of the basic homework of a jour- 
nalist: asked questions, looked for 
answers. 

He might have learned that Nathan 
Fain might have had some objections to 
the way his material was published, or 
that Larry Mass is not a stereotypically 
conservative doctor who automatically 
inveighs against promiscuity. He might 
even have discovered the tremendous 
problems that face gay editors in finding 
intelligent writers who are capable of 
handling the health crisis in a sensitive 
way. Instead, all he offers us is a long, 
sermonizing essay. 

Rich Grzesiak, Assistant Editor 
Philadelphia Gay News 

The collective responds: 
Rich Grzesiak has indeed been a long- 
time supporter of this magazine in its 
legal battles, and we've very much ap- 
preciated that. We'd Hke to answer the 
questions he's put before us as editors. 

1. It took us three months — not fif- 
teen — to follow up on the July 3 New 
York Times report. A full-page article 
on the subject by Drs Bill Lewis and 
Randy Coates appeared in the October 
1981 issue and was featured on the cover 
(where we, too, were guilty of referring 
to "gay" cancer). 

2. None of the people who write for 
TBP are paid for their material. 

3. Michael Lynch wrote about US citi- 
zens for the simple reason that these 
were people he knew and the United 
States (especially New York City) was 
the place in which AIDS and the public 
responses to it were serious enough to be 
matters of political as well as personal 
concern. In the fourth paragraph of his 
accompanying article, Bill Lewis noted 
that ten confirmed cases of AIDS among 
gay men had been reported in Canada by 
the end of September 1982, and that nine 
of these men had died. We could have 
written about these people only if we 
could have found them, and at that time 
we couldn't. 

4. We've been trying to start a regular 
health column for some time, but have 
yet to find anyone willing to commit 
him- or herself to such an ongoing pro- 
ject on an unpaid basis. 

Finally, we don't doubt the diligence 
or good intentions of Dr Lawrence Mass, 
the editors of the Native or Philadelphia 
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named in his article, and it's true that 
Michael could have called them to ask 
what they'd meant by what they said and 
did in print. But in an analysis of the ef- 
fects of media handling of any issue, it is 
perfectly appropriate to look at nothing 
more than what appears on the page. 
That's what readers see; that's what has 
particular effects — whether or not 
those effects are the ones the writers and 
editors intended. 

Michael Lynch responds: 
While his letter was in the mail, Rich 
Grzesiak phoned me at home to commis- 
sion (for pay) a piece on the AIDS debate 
for his own paper. If I really did what his 
letter accuses me of, why does he want 
to publish me? 

Copyright gossip 

In his December column, Ian Young has 
questioned whether we treated an Aus- 
tralian group fairly in basing our book 
Young, Gay and Proud! on theirs. A 
really thorough reply to his column 
would be very long, but I do wish to 
make a few important points. 

1. 1 tried to work with the Melbourne 
group which wrote the original book. 
They consistently failed to answer my 
letters, of which I sent at least four or 
five. (This happened four years ago so I 
don't remember all the details. I do 
remember that I only got one message 
from them on the subject, a very brief 
one which essentially said: "Detailed let- 
ter is coming soon." To this day no such 
letter has arrived.) 

2. 1 offered to pay a royalty .on the US 
edition of the book. No response. 

3. The authors gave no indication in 
the book that it was not meant to be in 
the public domain. There was no copy- 
right notice (which, contrary to what 
Young implies in his column, could have 
been done in the name of the group rath- 
er than of any individual, thus preserv- 
ing everyone's anonymity). Or they 
could have printed a notice explaining 
why the book was not being copyright- 
ed, but requesting that it not be re- 
printed without their permission — I 
would have honoured such a request. Or 
they could have answered my letters on 
the subject. But they did none of these 
things, and expected me to know what 
they wanted. 

4. Coincidentally, the Australian edi- 
tion of this book includes a photo that I 
took years ago, and chose not to copy- 
right. That's fine with me; I intended 
people to use it. But what they did with 
my photo is in principle identical to what 
I did with their book. For them to do 
one, then complain about the other, is 
completely inconsistent. 

5. Finally, if Ian Young is so con- 
cerned about fairness, why didn't he 
contact me for my comments before he 
wrote his column? 

Sasha Alyson 

A lyson Publications 

Boston 



I have to take exception to Ian Young's 
remarks concerning Alyson Publica- 
tions's reprint of Young, Gay and 
Proud! As Young notes, the trade paper- 
back reprint costs $2.95. Any bookseller 
can tell you that the publisher is not 
making a profit, at least not as "profit" 
is commonly understood. So Alyson is 
not ripping anybody off financially. 
Two years ago I placed our book- 
store's third order with the Melbourne 
authors and first publishers of Young, 
Gay and Proud! and was referred by 
them to Alyson Publications. They did 
not mention any resentment they might 



have had about the second edition, 
though it would have been appropriate 
to have done so. 

Unsupported speculations about Aly- 
son's and the Melbourne group's mo- 
tives and attitudes are inappropriate in a 
newspaper. Young has made accusations 
based on gossip that questions people's 
honesty and integrity. Why didn't 
Young report what the Australians and 
Alyson have to say? 

Young's slanders are made against the 
principal publisher of books for young 
gays — Reflections of a Rock Lobster, 
Young, Gay and Proud! and the new 
Handbook come to mind. The same 
people have distributed many of the best 
new lesbian, feminist and gay men's 
books. They are a tiny organization (five 
or six people), fragile as a gay bookstore 
or a gay paper — and as tough. They are 
plainly dedicated to producing and dis- 
tributing for gays et a/ the best litera- 
ture they can find. They are not getting 
rich. 

Young's irresponsibility in this case 
aside, his work is certainly to be ap- 
plauded, not only for his journalism but 
for his books, especially the new, second 
edition of 77?^ Male Homosexual in Lit- 
erature, at $20 cloth. It's an invaluable 
resource that Alyson might have been 
able to produce at a lower price and at a 
reasonable discount for booksellers. 

This movement has to get over its 
inclination to vicious gossip. 
Ed Hermance 
Giovanni 's Room 
Philadelphia 

Ian Young replies: 

It is disappointing that Mr Alyson does 
not make the one point one might have 
hoped for: he does not say that he has 
dispatched a cheque for (at least token) 
royalties to the Australian collective. As 
for Mr Hermance, before he lectures me 
on my choice of publishers, he should 
remember that when I compiled the first 
edition of The Male Homosexual In 
Literature, Alyson Publications did not 
exist and Scarecrow Press was (as it is 
now) the leading publisher of bibliogra- 
phies in North America. Scarecrow was 
eager to publish my book, was a plea- 
sure to work with — and pays me stan- 
dard royalties. 

Not a dinner party 

It is unfortunate that the December '82 
issue of TBP has such skimpy coverage 
of the activities against Jerry Falwell's 
trip to Toronto. The Globe and Mail had 
more detailed and informative coverage 
than TBP. Particularly notable for its 
omission in TBP\s the broad opposition 
to Falwell's visit expressed at the press 
conference on October 21, which includ- 
ed Wally Majesky of the Metro Toronto 
Labour Council among others. Fighting 
the right wing is an important issue and 
deserves more informed coverage than 
this. 

This scanty coverage is particularly 
unfortunate given that in the same issue 
a criticism of the demonstration entitled 
"Antisocial rabble" is printed in the let- 
ters page. The author, Steven Spencer, 
rather than making constructive sugges- 
tions on how similar events could be im- 
proved in the future, presents us with an 
ultimatum — "It may be the last march 
in support of lesbian and gay rights 
which I attend." 

Steven faults the organizers of the 
protest for alleged "anti-religious" 
remarks. Steven does not seem to realize 
that the event was organized by the Fight 
the Right Network, which includes fem- 
inists, lesbian and gay activists, disarm- 



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"This woman is a prime example of 

powerlessness; stripped of her senses, without 

relation to any sexual partner or act, unable 

to move, she is in an erotic vacuum." 



ament activists and concerned Christians 
and Jews. Progressive religious people 
were involved in organizing and partici- 
pating in the protest. 

He faults the organizers for "anarch- 
ist slogans" and "offensive language." 
It is not entirely clear to us what Steven 
suggests for dealing with these remarks 
and slogans. Is he suggesting that those 
with "anarchist slogans" be excluded 
from the march or drowned out by mar- 
shals using megaphones? If so, who else 
should be excluded or shouted down? 
Who would decide what is "offensive"? 

When building for a united action that 
brings together diverse communities 
against the common enemy of the right 
wing, such an approach is suicidal. Cen- 
soring activities can only cause division. 
All those agreeing with the basis of unity 
for the action are to be encouraged to 
demonstrate in order to bring together 
as many people as possible. 

Steven feels that if we act in a digni- 
fied and respectable manner some of our 
oppressors will listen to us. In our strug- 
gles against oppression our experience is 
different. We can rely only on our own 
struggles to gain our demands, not ac- 
ceptance or tolerance from the powers 
that be. Demonstrations are not dinner 
parties where we can try to rationally 
convince our opponents of the justice of 
our cause. They are occasions for us to 
show our determination, power and 
anger. We feel it is impossible on dem- 
onstrations to do what Steven suggests 
— to separate our anger from our 
human dignity. We feel that, rather than 
separating the various aspects of our 
lives, on demonstrations we can bring 
together our dignity and our anger, and 
also have a good time. 

Steven charges that on this demonstra- 
tion we gave our enemies "weapons to 
use against us." On the contrary: the 
press coverage we received was by and 
large positive. Contrary to the impres- 
sion Steven gives, most people thought 
the action was wonderful, bringing to 
them more energy for the many battles 
against injustice in which they are 
engaged. 

Shelley Glazer, Gary Kinsman 
Head marshals, Oct 24 demonstration 
Fight the Right Network 
Box 793, Stn Q, Toronto M4T2N7 



Offensive imagery 

We are both outraged and discouraged 
by your decision to run the ad for Toron- 
to Custom Leathers, tucked away as it 
was on page 48 of the January / February 
issue. The ad features a woman in a 
black leather "bra," her arms bound 
behind her head, a rope around her 
neck, blindfolded and ball-gagged. It 
seems nothing so much as an image 
lifted from heterosexual hard-core porn, 
though presumably it is meant to appeal 
to lesbians. How this ad speaks to les- 
bians who might be interested in leather 
or sex toys is questionable. Much of the 
literature by proponents of lesbian s/m 
refers to how s/m practices "empower" 
women. This woman is a prime example 
of powerlessness; stripped of her senses, 
without relation to any sexual partner or 



act, unable to move, she is in an erotic 
vacuum. 

Compare this with the ad opposite for 
Montgomery Leathers. The man ap- 
pears confident, in control and ready for 
action. His harness is a mere decoration, 
not a fetter. 

While in your editorial you simplisti- 
cally encourage "anti-porn" feminists 
to "be openly creating and pubhshing an 
alternative sexual imagery," you your- 
selves condone a male-created, hack- 
neyed and oppressive image of women's 
sexuality. 

We understand that the debate be- 
tween gay men and lesbian feminists ar- 
ound pornography is a heated and dif- 
ficult one, not solved by easy answers or 
by trashing. If TBP'k sincerely interested 
in attracting the support of more les- 
bians, we would suggest more responsi- 
ble collective policy toward advertising 
and image creation. We feel that any at- 
tempts toward involving lesbians in the 
paper are so much Hp service when 
accompanied by bombastic anti-feminist 
editorials and offensive ads. 

Pamela Godfree 
Susan Sturman 
Toronto 



Clarification 



In response to Jim Monk's comment in 
his North American Man-Boy Love 
Association (NAMBLA) Conference 
report (TBP, December '82), we would 
like to point out that Gay Fathers of 
Toronto did not in fact cite NAMBLA's 
membership of CGRO as a factor in their 
decision to resign from the Coalition. 

The text of their letter reads: "After 
careful review of our priorities and pro- 
grams for the coming year, we have de- 
cided not to renew our membership in 
the Coalition." 

Christine Donald 

for the Executive Committee, 

Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario 

Toronto 



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Con rule currency 



Ttie opinions expressed In this column are 
those of the author and In no way reflect the 
views of the Correctional Service of Canada. 

When you first walk into a joint, any 
joint, you are what we call a "fish." 

As a fish, you have little, if anything, 
as far as material goods go -^ no 
smokes, no luxury items hke shampoo, 
no candy or pop and, for a few days, no 
money. If you are Gay, or just young 
and cute with tight buns, this is the time 
when you are the most vulnerable. And 
there's always someone (like me) to take 
advantage of the situation. 

When you come into the joint, you go 
through the admissions area, where you 
surrender all your clothes and personal 
belongings and are issued prison garb. 
You are then usually taken to the "fish- 
tank" (orientation unit), which is sup- 
posed to provide you with information 
about all the programmes and rules. 
They tell you about the joint rules, but 
not the "con" rules. That's a shame for 
you, really, but then again, my Hfe 
would be more difficult otherwise. 

In every joint, inmates have a pipeline 
filled with information — you haven't 
finished changing into your prison gear 
before some of us know who you are, 
how much time you're doing and what 
you're in for. Information doesn't come 
just from other inmates who knew you 
in the jail you came from. Some of our 
best sources are guards and other staff 
members. After I've been in a joint for a 
while, I know the right bull to go to to 
have him call the records office for in- 
formation on any inmate. That gives me 
the advantage. Over you. 

So, you're in here now. You have a 
cell, sheets, mattress, blankets and a 
couple of packs of cigarette tobacco. 
Your first night out in the exercise yard 
you're a bit scared, so you hang around 
the guys you came in with, or get togeth- 
er with some other guy you knew in the 
remand jail and get him to show you the 
ropes. Or you wander around aimlessly. 

Meanwhile, I sit back and watch. 

Why do 1 just watch? Easy. We have a 
code to follow. If you hook up with 
someone else right away and I know that 
he swings, 1 can scratch you from my list 
of possibles. If you just wander around 
like a lost soul, fine. I want yo\j to real- 
ize just how lonely it could be for you. 1 
want you to see all the goodies in the 
canteen, and I want you to want. 

Later, after I have conducted all the 
research I need on you, including a sur- 
vey of guys who know you from the 
street or from remand, I'll drop by your 
cell. I have any number of "reasons" 
for talking to you. In one joint I was the 
school clerk in charge of testing and put- 
ting guys in classes — if you wanted to 
go to school, you had to go through me. 
In another joint I was the president of a 
club, so I'd come down and talk to you 
about joining. In still another joint I was 
on the inmate committee, so I'd drop by 
and make sure that you knew the rules, 
and that you had all your questions 
answered, etc. 

While I'm chit-chatting, I'll drop a 
few hints about "being taken care of," 
ask you if you need anything — a carton 
of smokes, some shampoo or just some 
money to buy pop and a hot dog. 

However, the game isn't over yet. I do 



a bit of back-door politicking and make 
sure that some of the guys you rap with 
tell you, as time goes on, that I am 
"rich" (a joint term meaning that I can 
afford to give away a few cartons of 
smokes, or can arrange for dope for you 
or just keep you in "goodies"), and that 
I'm "Ethel." 

One of two things is going to happen. 
Either you're going to catch the play and 
go along whh it, or you're going to tell 
me to drop dead. Either way I win. If 
you go along with the play, I keep you 
happy and you keep me happy. If you 
don't, then don't expect any favours 
from me in the future unless you are 
willing to pay for them, and pay in my 
currency — sex. 

I have the advantage. I can do a lot 
for you... or nothing. And usually I am 
in a position to ensure that if I decide 
that you're going to get sweet fuck all, 
then, believe me, that's what you're go- 
ing to get. 

I also have time on my side. No matter 
how long you're doing, you're eventual- 
ly going to have to come to me for some 
favour or another, be it help with writ- 
ing your appeal, parole application or 
complaints, or getting into a school pro- 
gramme or being allowed special visits 
for a social event. Sometime or another, 
you're going to need me. 

Every man has a price. You just have 
to meet mine, kid. 

"Noosey" is a friend of mine. Now, 
Noosey is not the cutest thing in the 
world. But, what the hell, I was after his 
buns. Noosey needed a few bucks from 
time to time to cover gambUng debts, 
drug purchases, and just to have extra 
spending money. Noosey came to Ethel. 
I let him have the money — all the 
money he wanted knowing full well that 
I'd never see it again. 

"Hey, Noosey come here for a sec 
willya?" I call one day. He ambled over 
in his tight pants and muscle shirt. He 
looks at me with quizzical eyes. "Look, 
Noosey, I don't want to sound Hke a bug 
or anything, but hell, you know that you 
owe me over fifty bucks already?" (Fifty 
bucks in here is like five hundred out on 
the street.) 

"Well, I'll get it to you, Ethel. You 
know that." 

"Yeh, but Noosey, listen, I gotta have 
it right away, or I lose out on getting this 
other kid. So if you can't come up with 
it by tomorrow, maybe you can think of 
another way to pay me off, eh?" 

It was a good arrangement. Noosey 
kept me happy and I kept him in money. 

I was in a joint once where I was on 
the inmate committee and was also the 
school clerk. "Mike," a buddy of mine, 
was on the committee as well, and we 
used to meet with all the fish that came 
into the joint. Mike's usual introduction 
included all the usual bullshit about do- 
ing your own time and where you'd be 
living and the rest of that crap, but he'd 
end up with, "And if you want to get 
into school or get your cock sucked, see 
the Professor. He'll help you with 
both." And then he would point to me. 

Who said advertising doesn't pay? 

Gotta go. There's a new load of fish 
coming in, and one of them is eighteen, 
blond, and used to work Yonge Street. 
Hmm. I wonder if he smokes Export A.D 



MARCH 1983 



Free to live 

My little grandmother who had every- 
thing wrong with her — arthritis, phle- 
bitis, anemia, to say nothing about her 
nerves — said to me, "The one thing 
I don't want to do is lose my mind. As 
long as I have my mind. . . .' ' She used it 
mostly for playing cards, the horses, 
memorizing the words to her favourite 
songs and bugging my mother. Never- 
theless, she thought her mind was 
important to her. 

And she did, in the last year of her 
life, lose it. At first she only wrote 
cheques on banks where she didn't have 

"Once the very worst 
has happened, there's 
nothing left to be afraid 
of.... The energy that 
fed anxiety can be 
turned instead to work, 
to love, to telling the 
truth whose ring is 
very sweet after years 
of silence and 

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accounts and phoned us in cities where 
we didn't live, but gradually hallucina- 
tions took over her days and nights, 
mostly in bizarre sexual forms. Then she 
was convinced she was in a motel or rest 
home or hospital and begged to be taken 
home, not to the house where she then, 
in fact, lived, but to her childhood 
home, to her parents, sisters and 
brother. Reclusive as a result of illness 
and fear, she hadn't gone out socially 
for years. People kept sending her in- 
vitations because she refused them with 
flowers. Now, after twenty years, she 
began to accept those invitations, and 
members of the family had to take her to 
garden and cocktail parties of the retired 
military, the garden club. She swung in 
on the arm of a grandchild, wielding her 
cane, found a place to sit and raffled off 
the cherry in her old fashioned to other 
bemused and ailing old people. 

Once, on the way home from one of 
those parties, she said to me, "Do you 
remember how I used to say to you I was 
afraid of losing my mind?" 

"Yes," I answered cautiously. 

"Well, it's not so bad," she replied. 
"1 think, is that the world I was afraid of 
for all those years? Is that all it is?" 

Divorced when it was not the thing to 
be divorced, married a second time to an 
alcoholic she wouldn't divorce because a 
second time round would prove she was 
at fault, my little grandmother had to 
lose her mind to lose her shame, to be 



free of all that social garbage. Her last 
night of consciousness, she sang every 
song she'd ever known and my mother 
sang with her, everything from "Dixie 
Dan, ambling, rambling, gambling min- 
strel man" to "You'll Never Walk 
Alone" and "To Kiss in the Sunlight," 
two favourites of mine as well, since I 
was also afraid of my loneliness and the 
secrecy imposed upon my heart. 

As I watch so many of my friends re- 
clusive in fear defending their silence 
and lies, I understand that I am, in an 
odd way, my little grandmother gone 
crazy, not to be free to die but to be free 
to live. I want to say, in my turn, "It's 
not so bad. The terrifying, judgmental 
world out there isn't all it's cracked up 
to be. It can be maneuvred with a kid 
and a cane." Because of my little grand- 
mother, I didn't wait to be lame as I 
sometimes am now to walk in the world. 
Her beloved bad example sent me crazy 
brave when I still walked without help. 
Like her, I was afraid, and I fell, broke 
courage, bones, but because of her, I 
knew it was my fear that crippled, 
nothing else. 

Nearly everything that I was once 
deathly afraid of has happened to me. I 
lost a beloved woman to her moral scru- 
ples. No one would publish my work for 
ten years, and I was nearly as frightened 
of my eventual success as I was of my 
failure. When my third novel was finally 
accepted by a publisher, I had no idea 
how much of my world I was risking. I 
kept my teaching job. Of my family, 
only my younger sister wanted to disown 
me for a while. The several friends I lost 
were gay and afraid to be seen any 
longer in my company. 

I had published several novels and 
Lesbian Images before national maga- 
zines began doing profiles of me, osten- 
sibly because I am a writer but really 
because I am a lesbian. Every time one 
of these articles comes out, I get letters: 
hate mail, cries for help, love letters, 
religious tracts. Many more people read 
journalistic junk than they do books. 
The greatest horror for most closeted 
people is to be publicly exposed, never 
again to be known as a writer or teacher 
or parent but always to be identified as a 
lesbian and therefore discredited. 
The fear is far worse than the fact. Even 
the polls say that more than fifty percent 
of Canadians think gay people should 
have civil rights, and most people don't 
care much one way or the other. The 
parents it would kill live on, and siblings 
gradually gain new tolerance and under- 
standing. Each year the sexual orienta- 
tion clause is added to another union 
contract. If all else fails, there are always 
jobs at the post office. 

The benefits are enormous. Once the 
very worst has happened, there's noth- 
ing left to be afraid of that isn't the com- 
mon lot. The energy that fed anxiety can 
be turned instead to work, to love, to 
telling the truth whose ring is very sweet 
after years of silence and lying. 

If there is an anticlimax in finding that 
one is not after all a martyr, but, in 
words of one of our since dead national 
magazines, "simply a human being," it 
is a letdown we can live with happily. "Is 
that all it is?" my little grandmother 
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Glad Day Bookshop goes on trial for sex magazines 



Porn control: casting a wider net 



These are filthy books, aren't 
they?", Crown Attorney Sal 
Muranda barked as he pointed to 
a large pile of sexually explicit 
magazines, both gay and straight, 
that had just been placed before a 
Toronto Provincial Court judge by 
defence lawyer Dianne Martin. It was 
the second day of the Glad Day Book- 
shop obscenity trial and Martin was at- 
tempting to show just what kinds of 
erotic magazines the community was 
currently tolerating. 

Judge David Vanek's task at the Janu- 
ary 28 trial was to decide whether assis- 
tant manager Kevin Orr was in posses- 
sion of obscene material when Metro 
Toronto Police raided the store April 21, 
1982. Lawyer Martin argued that the 
two magcizines seized from Glad Day, 
The Leathermen and Come Watch, were 
no more explicit than other readily 
available periodicals. Testimony re- 
vealed that the two magazines were on 
sale at 49 other retail locations. 

Orr was the only person charged dur- 
ing the visit of Morality Bureau officer 
Sgt Thomas Stephen, who explained it 
was the $9.95 price stickers that brought 
the two magazines to his attention. "I 
usually go for the price." Stephen said. 
"That's my yardstick." 

At the time of his arrest, Orr was 
working at the store only as a part-time 
$1 12-a-week clerk. Martin argued that 
Orr therefore had no control over the 
magazines beyond placing them on the 
shelves. 

Martin's defence also challenged the 
vagueness of the obscenity section of 
the Criminal Code. She illustrated the 
problems this vagueness causes by call- 
ing Donald Watterson, the distributor of 
the two magazines, to the stand. Watter- 
son recounted his difficulties in setting 
up his distribution business five years 
ago because he couldn't determine in 
practical terms what the law meant by 
"obscene." 

First, Watterson approached Project 
P, the joint city-provincial police anti- 
pornography unit, and offered to submit 
for approval samples of magazines he 
was proposing to import. Project P re- 
fused to cooperate but warned Watter- 
son, "If you get too close, your fingers 
will get burned." 

Watterson then approached Canada 
Customs, who agreed to assist him. He 
testified customs clearance had been re- 
ceived for the magazmes that were later 
charged. "We are faced with a situation 
where a citizen cannot know when he is 
breaking the law," Martin concluded. 

Martin finally argued that the com- 
munity would have greater tolerance for 
magazines sold in a clearly marked spe- 
cialty store. Photographs introduced as 
evidence showed that Glad Day's 
second-fioor location and pink neon 
sign would prevent the casual and unsus- 
pecting passerby from stumbling upon it 
unawares. 

Crown Attorney Muranda argued that 
Orr's general knowledge of the maga- 
zines' contents, the fact that he counted 
them when they arrived and could 
regulate who bought the magazines was 
enough to establish the technical point 
that he "possessed" them. 




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Muranda emphasized the fact that 
young children coming into the store 
with their parents could glimpse the sex- 
ually explicit covers of Come Watch and 
The Leathermen. 

The decision in the Glad Day case was 
reserved for February 18. If convicted, 
the 21 -year-old Orr faces a maximum 
sentence of six months imprisonment 
and a fine ofup to $1000. 

The trial of Kevin Orr is yet another 
illustration of how attempts to legislate 
morality, in the form of laws that regu- 
late pornography, can become conve- 
nient tools of social control. Why, for 



example, was Orr charged, and not any 
of those forty-nine other clerks who 
were "possessing" the same material? 

While the legal standards by which 
obscenity is determined are supposed to 
be Canada-wide, the material charged is 
remarkably inconsistent. 

Police in York Region, for example, 
have charged three stores following the 
ruling January 18 that a gay correspon- 
dence magazine, Blue Tricks, was 
"deeply obscene." Provincial Court 
Judge A E Charlton convicted Betty 
Sharkey, owner of the Book Nook in 
Aurora, with the possession and sale of 



obscene materials. The judge expressed 
his concern for the dehumanization of 
the models and the fact that they looked 
"lonely." 

At present a police officer may lay an 
obscenity charge if she or he has reason 
to believe that a magazine violates the 
Criminal Code's definition of obscenity 
— "the undue exploitation of sex and 
or... sex, horror, cruelty, and violence." 
Blue Tricks contains personal ads inter- 
spersed between photographs and ads 
for sex toys and other magazines. It 
seems no more expHcit than widely avail- 
able monthlies like Blueboy and Man- 
date. It is not clear why police chose to 
charge Blue Tricks while ignoring a host 
of other magazines. What is certain is 
that it is possible for police to make a 
charge stick against a relatively innoc- 
uous magazine. 

To decide whether or not material 
breaks the law — that is, exploits sex 
"unduly" — the Courts apply the 
"community standard of tolerance" 
test. Individual judges must decide what 
the contemporary Canadian community 
will tolerate, as opposed to what it will 
accept. At Kevin Orr's trial. Judge 
Vanek questioned the ability of anyone 
to be an expert on community stan- 
dards. "How would he (a witness) be in 
a position to give testimony on commun- 
ity standards? How would he know bet- 
ter than anyone else? I have very grave 
doubts as to whether anyone is an expert 
in this field," he said. 

There are sections of the Criminal 
Code which are used to control the use 
of the mails for the transmission of "im- 
moral, indecent or scurrilous 
materials," and others which forbid the 
presentation of "immoral theatrical per- 
formances." These are reinforced by a 

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His day in court: Lawyer DIanne Martin with Glad Day assistant manager Kevin Orr during trial 



host of other laws and regulations. The 
Canada Customs Act, and The Customs 
Tariff Act are designed to prevent the 
importation of "prohibited goods," in- 
cluding pornography. Provincial censor- 
ship boards classify and /or prevent the 
public presentation of films and video. 
And the Canadian Radio-Television and 
Telecommunications Commission 
(CRTC) assures the purity of the audio 
and video airwaves. 

The newest would-be censors are 
municipal governments. The municipal 
councils of Toronto, Hamilton, Aurora, 
Markham and Newmarket have cur- 
rently either passed, or are in the process 
of passing, bylaws governing the display 
of sexually explicit magazines. The 
bylaws are all attempts to restrict access 
to pornography by requiring that mag- 
azines be kept out of public view entirely 
or be displayed at least five feet above 
floor level. The bylaws further require 
that magazines be wrapped in plastic 
and displayed so that only the titles 



remain visible. 

In Metropolitan Toronto, the driving 
force behind porn-display control has 
been the city's mayor. Art Eggleton, 
who urged members of the Metro 
Licensing and Legislation Committee, 
January 18, to implement a bylaw. 
Eggleton cited complaints by citizens 
about "the availability of magazines to 
children, the morality of the public dis- 
play of nudity on magazine covers. 



...and the harm done by the display of 
women cast only in a sexual role, and 
frequently a degrading one." 

Support for the proposed bylaw has 
come from religious fundamentalists, 
feminists and, not surprisingly, Metro 
Toronto police. In a letter to Eggleton 
dated April 22, 1982, Forbes Ewing, 
head of the Moralitv Bureau, urged the 
mayor to pass a series of porn-display 
regulations. Ewing explained that at 
present morality officers respond to citi- 
zens' complaints by visiting the store 
and suggesting that owners keep the 
magazines out of the reach of children 
and nudity out of the public eye. 
"Return visits have established that in 
most cases they comply, but without 
effective legislation to prohibit," ex- 
plained Ewing, "abuses of our requests 
have occurred." 

The Metro Licensing Committee 
voted January 1 8 in favour of recom- 
mending a bylaw to Metro Council. At 
present the decision is in the hands of the 
city solicitor, who must determine the 
effects of a recent Ontario Court of 
Appeals judgment on the legality of 
municipal pornography control. 

In a judgment released January 17, the 
Court of Appeals struck down a display- 
control bylaw passed by the city of 
Hamilton three years ago. The court 
ruled in favour of Hamilton Indepen- 
dent Variety and Confectionary Stores 
Ltd, finding the bylaw to be "vague and 
uncertain" and thus void under the prin- 
ciples of municipal law. 

"The principal flaw" in the legisla- 
tion, wrote Mr Justice Lacourcier, "is 
the vagueness and uncertainty in the def- 
inition of 'erotic goods'.... It is impossi- 
ble for a store owner reading this bylaw 



to decide whether he is in fact selling 
'erotic' magazines' covered under it." 

The Hamilton bylaw was also ruled 
invalid because it enlarged the powers of 
search and seizure granted to law offi- 
cers "by allowing municipal officials to 
enter the premises day or night, without 
a warrant or reasonable or probable 
cause, and to remove whatever they 
deemed necessary." 

It still isn't clear whether porn control 
is within the jurisdiction of a municipal 
government. Control of obscenity is the 
prerogative of Parliament as a criminal 
matter. Yet the legislation of morality 
has been relegated to a host of agencies 
which control the dissemination of sex- 
ually explicit materials. The distinctions 
between what is, and what is not, per- 
missible are blurred by an array of un- 
equally enforced standards. 

Civil rights lawyer Herman Turkstra, 
who represented Hamilton Independent 
Variety, called the bylaw the "most 
sophisticated form of censorship yet de- 
vised." City councillor Fred Lombardo 
thinks it succeeded in telling members of 
"the business community that we don't 
want this available to children." 

While porn-display control may not 
be successful in eliminating pornography 
it will most certainly effect its availabil- 
ity. If recent charges and decisions indi- 
cate a trend, convenience store owners, 
fearing charges, may eventually think 
twice about stocking any sexually expli- 
cit magazines. 

As with municipal attempts to control 
prostitution, the cities' failure to intro- 
duce their own controls may simply re- 
sult in increased pressure on federal leg- 
islators for yet more and more stringent 
regulations. Craig Patterson D 



Uncertainties follow Red Hot/Fire Brigade charges 




VANCOUVER — Red Hot Video will 
plead not guilty when it appears in Pro- 
vincial Court in Victoria May 8 on 
charges laid after January's police raid 
and seizure of allegedly obscene tapes, a 
company spokesperson says. 

"We are not going to plead guilty," 
said the man, who asked that his name 
not be used. "We hope to win. And we 
would have liked to be in court on this 
six months ago," he told TBP. 

Things haven't been going well for 
Red Hot Video, which began operating 
in British Columbia a year ago and at 
one time had 13 franchise outlets across 
the province. The controversy began to 
brew when an alliance of women's 
groups and their supporters became con- 
cerned about the rapid growth of por- 
nography distributors who they claimed 
were selling tapes portraying brutal sex- 
ual attacks on women. 

Six months of protests brought no 
action from BC Attorney General Allan 
Williams. 

Women's groups charged that 
whenever they produced a sample of an 
offensive tape, copies would myster- 
iously disappear from store shelves, only 
to return several weeks later. "Women 
are not satisfied with quietly removing 
tapes, one by one, from the shelves," 
wrote British Columbia Federation of 
Women's (BCFW) Pat Feindel in Kinesis 
in November. "Women insist on a pro- 
secution by the Crown." 

Then a group calling itself the Wim- 
min's Fire Brigade declared all-out war. 
Early on a Monday morning in 
November 1982, the Surrey Red Hot 
store blew apart and burned to the 
ground when a gasoline bomb exploded; 
the North Vancouver store was damaged 
by a bomb and police removed a bomb 



from the North Coquitlam store the 
same day. 

"Red Hot Video is part of a multi- 
billion-dollar pornography industry that 
teaches men to equate sexuality with 
violence," the Fire Brigade said in a 
communique claiming responsibility for 
the fire bombing. 

Taking advantage of the publicity 



generated by the bombings, a coalition 
led by the BCFW called for December 1 1 
demonstrations against Red Hot Video 
outlets across the province. 

The Federation of Women represents 
36 groups of different political stripes 
and, though it stopped short of en- 
dorsing arson, was clearly sympathetic 
with the arsonists' goal. "While we did 



Conflicting loyalties: 
porn or the picketlines 



Reaction to the Red Hot Video contro- 
versy has reverberated through Vancou- 
ver's gay male community. When TBP 
polled community representatives, it 
found support for women's opposition to 
violence against women and children, but 
also concern and hesitation over the ques- 
tion of censorship. 

Harry Grunsky, vice-president of the 
Point Grey Riding Association of the 
New Democratic Party, said "Gay men 
should be supportive of feminists. But the 
government doesn't have any business 
setting community standards. I do not 
agree with some feminists who want (that 
kind oO legislation." 

Stuart Alcock, a director of the Van- 
couver Gay Community Centre, said, 
"I'm torn between a feminist and a civil 
libertarian position. It's difficult for any- 
one to say that the depiction of violence is 
okay. But I believe that (the women's 
movement) here has been coloured by 
people with a different agenda — people 
who want to get rid of sex, or unusual 
forms of sexual activity." 

"The issue of censorship is not nego- 



tiable," said one primary school teacher. 
"The issue of censorship is more funda- 
mental than the management of porno- 
graphy." A provincial civil servant 
thought that the Attorney General's 
recent pohce actions were based on 
opportunism. "They don't give a damn 
about violence and women," he said. 
"They just wanted to reduce the flak." 

Theatre student David MacLean said, 
"Pornography can be healthy. Some 
images are a true reflection of sensuality. 
It's dangerous to link all (pornography) 
together and say it leads to rape against 
women and violence against children. It's 
similar to the idea that Unks all child mol- 
estation to gays." 

The sentiment in the gay male com- 
munity was summed up by a federal pub- 
lic employee who explained why he parti- 
cipated in the demonstration against Red 
Hot Video. "As a gay man, I'm aware 
that violence and the threat of violence is 
more prevalent in our society for 
women," he said. "The ultimate affront 
is to tell women that they will enjoy their 
own pain. That's why I paraded outside 
Red Hot Video." 

"But now that the police have raided 
them, I'm worried," he said. "The police 
are not the people to decide what is 
obscene. I don't trust iheni." 

Richard Banner and Fred Ciilherlson 



MARCH 1983 



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not participate in the fire bombings... 
we are in agreement with the frustration 
and anger of the women who did," they 
said in a statement. 

At a federation press conference 
called to publicize the upcoming dem- 
onstrations, several videotapes were 
screened, including one called Water- 
power that showed a woman being mur- 
dered with an enema. A gay man attend- 
ing the news conference said participants 
were deliberately manipulated to res- 
pond in an emotional way to the films. 
"Women reacted with horror and dis- 
gust," he said. 

Hundreds of women and men took 
part in the demonstrations against Red 
Hot Video, including some gay men who 
had bought or rented gay titles from the 
company. 

Sensational, inaccurate and judgmen- 
t£il press coverage has clouded the issues 
involved in the Red Hot Video contro- 
versy, particularly for gay men (see box). 
Initially, there was no mention of the 
gay titles carried by stores in the chain. 
A spokesperson told TBP that about 50 
of Red Hot's tapes appeal to a gay mar- 
ket, compared to 200 frequently request- 
ed heterosexual ones. The spokesperson 
also denied that Red Hot carries snuff 
films or that S/M, bondage and kiddie 
porn play any significant part in the 
tapes. ' 'Why would we jeopardize a 
whole market for (kiddie porn)?" he 
asked. 

Anti-pornography feminists insist that 
the combination of sex and violence per- 
meates video porn. They have frequently 
cited as evidence an illustrated catalogue 
that categorizes the tapes by subject 
matter such as "Rape and gangbang" 
and "Bondage & discipline, sadism & 
masochism." A catalogue obtained by 
7"flP contains no illustrations, but does 
list tapes by these "erotic themes" cate- 
gories. The actual content of the films is 
not clear. 

Although, initially, it appeared to 
resist all pressures to act against Red Hot 
Video, the Attorney General's depart- 
ment stepped in January 7 when police 
seized 100 tapes from 12 video stores 
across the province. Nine of the stores 
were Red Hot Video outlets. The only 
one eventually to be charged was the 



Red Hot store in Victoria. Spokesper- 
sons from the BCFW took credit for 
forcing the police to act against the 
"pornography profiteers." 

The police struck again two weeks 
later in what they described as a 
dramatic arrest of two women and three 
men on an isolated highway north of 
Vancouver. A large cache of firearms 
and explosives was seized in the police 
operation. The five suspects, all in their 
20s, were charged with the Red Hot 
Video fire bombings, with dynamiting a 
hydro substation and conspiracy to 
sabotage a military base. 

Meanwhile BCFW's Pat Feindel 
explained the point of the protests that 
finally precipitated the police raids was 
to demonstrate "there is a large number 
of people who object to this kind of 
material" (videos combining sex and 
violence). She explained that the BCFW 
defines pornography as the combination 
of sex and violence but that the federa- 
tion was not interested in suppressing ex- 
plicit sexuality or eroticism. 

Feindel told TBP that the federation 
had not taken a position on gay porno- 
graphy. "Gays have a different ap- 
proach to sex and violence," she said, 
"and sometimes overlook sex role dif- 
ferences which women take the conse- 
quences of." D 



MEDIA 



"Queers want full 
rights" — Observer 

"According to The Fifth Estate, CBC's 
news probe team, our armed services 
have been especially hard on the indiv- 
idual whose 'sexual orientation' is dif- 
ferent than that of his fellow man (or 
woman). 

"In laymen's terms, the army has 
been kicking out queers. 

"Of course the armed forces' rules 
make it clear that homosexual behavior 
can not be tolerated. In spite of society's 
legal and moral opposition to such 
moral degenerates, they still come out 
screaming about their rights and 
privileges. 



"But the day our country's regula- 
tions allow gays and lesbians to fight 
side by side with the normal soldiers will 
be the day the war is lost. 

"Can you imagine men fighting in the 
trenches beside some guy who craves 
their body? Of course the gay communi- 
ty denies that they are a limp-wristed 
bunch of pansies, but no matter how 
well they masquerade as being hetero- 
sexuals, they will undoubtedly be found 
out under the pressure of combat." 

— Sarnia Observer, 
January 14, 1983 

This is just a sampling of an editorial 
that appeared in the Thomson news- 
paper which serves the Ontario city of 
Sarnia. It was brought to TBP's atten- 
tion by Robert Paterson who, "having 
served over four years with the Royal 



Canadian Air Force during World War 
II, "finds this attitude most repulsive. 

Paterson, a resident of Sarnia, 
thought TBP "might be interested in see- 
ing an example of the type of gross ig- 
norance with which we have to contend 
in this part of the country. " 

Another Sarnia resident sent TBP a 
copy of the editorial with the note: 
"... the Sarnia community is quite shat- 
tered by this and even the bravest of us 
will not publicly denounce it. This is a 
very small town, if not in numbers, cer- 
tainly in mentality. Please do not use my 
name. " 

Readers may want to tell James Car- 
naghan, the newspaper's managing edi- 
tor, what they think of his editorial. Let- 
ters should be sent to: Editor, The 
Observer, 140 Front Street S, Sarnia, ON 
N7T2M5. U 



GO after fair play on the airwaves 



OTTAWA — Gays of Ottawa has filed an 
official complaint against the host of a 
phone-in radio programme who claimed 
that gay people Eu-en't fit to be parents or 
teachers jmd then cut off callers who took 
exception to his remarks. 

GO has told the Canadian Radio-Tele- 
vision and Telecommunications Com- 
mission (CRTC) that Dean Tower's 
remarks are in violation of the Criminal 
Code and the Broadcast Act. 

Radio station CFRA fired Tower early 
this year because of his show's sinking 
popularity. He made the remarks last Oc- 
tober during the Bureau of Broadcasting 
Measurement's full ratings period. 

"The violations occurred when (Tower 
said that) the denial of parental and 
employment rights to homosexual people 
was justified," GO says in a letter to J G 
Patenaud, the CRTC's solicitor general. 
"(Tower) attempted to justify his position 
by presenting offensive, false and inde- 
cent information and news on the nature 
of homosexuality, particularly concern- 
ing the relationship between adults who 
are gay and children who are either 
homosexual or heterosexual." 

Section 330 of the Criminal Code of 
Canada reads: "Everyone who, with the 



Globe: cleaning up the classifieds 



TORONTO — The right hand doesn't 
seem to know what the left hand is doing 
at Canada's national newspaper these 
days. 

In the same month that a new union 
contract for nearly 400 employees of the 
Globe and Mail added job protection for 
gay people, the classified-ads department 
was quietly putting into effect a policy of 
discrimination that excludes gay people 
from the companion ads. 

In late January, Globe management 
decided it was going to clean house in the 
classifieds. It discontinued two entire 
categories of ads: introduction services 
and the rapidly expanding telephone fan- 
tasy ads. In addition, home video ads 
have been limited to the use of the des- 
criptive phrases "adult movies" or adult 
entertainment," while suggestive words 
like "XXX rated," "pornography" and 
"hardcore" have been banned. 

The two discontinued categories pro- 
vided a small but assured source of 
revenue for the financially troubled and 
advertising-hungry Globe, where last 
year 50 employees' jobs were abruptly 
terminated as an economy measure. 

James Meldrum, manager of the 
classified-ads department, estimated the 



policy changes would mean "hundreds of 
thousands of dollars in lost income." 

Meldrum told TBP the ads were discon- 
tinued because of "numerous" com- 
plaints from readers, none apparently 
more specific than that the ads were "not 
up to the Globe andMaiPs standards." 

While these policies were being imple- 
mented, another change was happening 
more covertly. Meldrum, whose job 
requires him personally to authorize 
every companion ad, began to reject all 
gay and bisexual ones. Employees 
challenged him on his actions and he 
reportedly said, in effect: "I know it's 
discrimination and I expect to get some 
flak from the gay community." 

When a TBP reporter tried to place an 
obviously gay ad, he was informed by the 
telephone answerer there had been a 
recent change in policy and only "guy- 
seeks-girl, girl-seeks-guy" ads were now 
acceptable. 

Meldrum told TBP there was no change 
in policy and that gay ads are still being 
"looked at." He said the number of com- 
panion ads in general has been dwindling 
and he hadn't seen any gay ones cross his 
desk recently. According to other Globe 
sources, however, the explanation for 



that is simple: Meldrum has made it clear 
to telephone answerers he doesn't even 
want to look at such ads. 

Less than two weeks before gay com- 
panion ads were suddenly thrown into the 
sexual — therefore offensive-to-readers 

— category, the Southern Ontario 
Newspaper Guild successfully negotiated 
a contract with Globe management 
adding "sexual preference" and 
"religion" to non-discrimination clauses 
relating to hiring and firing. The union 
represents employees in editorial, inside- 
circulation and maintenance departments 

— but not in classifieds. 

So, while certain departments at the 
Globe have agreed officially that 
discrimination ageiinst gay reporters and 
other workers is unacceptable, another 
department has decided covert 
discrimination against gay customers is 
acceptable. 

Gay people who are regular readers of 
the Globe may wish to test the daily's 
responsiveness. They might even be 
seized with the desire to advertise in the 
companion classifieds, which can be 
reached by calling 585-2222. If readers 
experience problems having their ads 
accepted, they shouldn't hesitate to ask to 
speak to the manager. 

As Mr Meldrum said, the Globe prides 
itself on listening to its readers. 

Ed Jackson D 



intent to injure or alarm any person, con- 
veys by radio or otherwise, information 
that he knows is false is guilty of an indic- 
table offence and is liable for imprison- 
ment for two years." The Broadcast Act 
forbids the presentation of "false and 
misleading news and information" that 
encourages hatred and prejudice. 

A lesbian mother whose call to Tower 
was snipped in mid-sentence also wrote 
the CRTC to protest. "This kind of 
bigoted, one-sided programme is 
extremely harmful to any minority 
group in this country," she said. 

Ernie Calcutt, CFRA sportscaster and 
the person in charge of talk-show hosts, 
says Tower was fired because few people 
were listening to his two-hour afternoon 
show. "The ratings were terrible for that 
time period," Calcutt says. "He was beg- 
ging for calls." 

Meanwhile, GO has received a letter of 
apology from Global Communications 
Ltd, presentor of The 700 Club, a religi- 
ous television programme. A 700 Club 
show last November branded gay people 
child molesters and sado-masochistic 
killers. "I can only say your outrage was 
justified," Global president Paul Mor- 
ton said in a letter to GO member Jim 
Carleton. 

Morton says that from now on the pro- 
gramme will have to comply with 
Global's policy on religious program- 
ming, which prohibits such attacks on 
gay people. "Failure (to comply) will 
result in the cancellation of the show," 
Morton says. Glenn WheelerD 



POLICE 



Community protests 
inspector's remari(s 

VANCOUVER — Relations between 
gay people and the city's police depart- 
ment were badly shaken in January by 
the publication of a police inspector's 
comments regarding "homosexual in- 
volvement in last year's murder rate." 

In a January 6 West Ender article, 
reviewing crime statistics for 1982, In- 
spector Bill Baird of the police com- 
munity relations department was quoted 
as saying he was not surprised that eight 
of 39 murders in the city were the result 
of a "homosexual involvement," 
because "homosexuals react violently 
when things go wrong for them." 

The front page article sparked a wave 
of protest letters and phone calls to the 
newspaper and to Mayor Mike Har- 
court, who acts as chairman of the Van- 
couver police board. 



12/THE BODY POLITIC 



MARCH 1983 



A strongly worded letter to the mayor 
from the Gay Rights Union demanded 
Inspector Baird's removal from the 
force, while another from the Vancouver 
Gay Community Centre called for a 
public retraction and apology. 

The swiftness and intensity of the gay 
community's reaction appeared to have 
the desired impact. The mayor described 
the statement as "unacceptable because 
it shows discrimination" and promised 
to take the matter up with Chief Con- 
stable Stewart and the police board. 

In a follow-up article in the West 
Ender, Inspector Baird was reported to 
be surprised by the reaction, and added 
that the statement was meant to be taken 
as a warning to the gay community. He 
said his comments were "not intended to 
reflect on the behaviour of all homosex- 
uals but that there was violence related 
to the community and statistical analysis 
bears this out." 

So far, there has been no public apo- 
logy from Inspector Baird or the police 
department, but people who have writ- 
ten letters of protest have been contacted 
by a police spokesman to clarify the 
statement. 

According to Staff Sergeant Jerry Roy 
and several other police officers. Inspec- 
tor Baird has an excellent record with 
the gay community. In the mid-Seventies 
he helped establish the gay-police Uaison 
committee, and since then has arranged 
talks by gays to police recruits and soft- 
ball games between the two groups. 

"He's definitely not a redneck," said 
one community relations officer. 

Jim OakesD 

"Good intentions" 
get three acquitted 

TORONTO — Provincial Court Judge 
R D Osborne acquitted two women and 
a man who were accused of assaulting 
and obstructing police outside the 
popular lesbian bar. Together, because 
he was convinced of their good inten- 
tions. 

"There is no way they meant to cause 
trouble with the police," the judge ex- 
plained in his January 3 decision. "They 
endeavoured to help a person they saw 
to be in distress." The charges stemmed 
from what Judge Osborne called a 
"misunderstanding" in front of the bar 
January 20, 1982. 

One of the accused, Pam (who asks 
that her last name not be used), remem- 
bers vividly the night she was grabbed 
and, coat and shirt ripped open, dragged 
around by a man who later charged her 
with assault. 

Pam and her friend Donna (who also 
asks that her last name not be used), had 
invited David Tarneau for a drink at the 
Church Street bar on their way home 
from a film. It was David's first visit to a 
Toronto gay bar. He, like many local 
journalists, knew a little about the gay 
community. But he hadn't paid that 
much attention to reports of deteriora- 
ting relations between the community 
and the city's police force. 

As the three left the crowded bar, they 
saw a man with his hands around the 
throat of a woman who was screaming 
for help. Others, drawn to the scene, 
grappled with the man, freed the woman 
and pushed her into the bar and her 
assailant back down the stairs. 

"I'm a police officer," the man told 
the growing crowd, "and that girl is 
under arrest." He was twice asked to 
prove he was a cop and he twice flipped 
open his wallet. "He didn't show his ID 
so that I could see it," Tarneau testified. 
Pam told the court her response was. 




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The Right to Privacy Committee's 
Report to the Community 

February 3, 1983 

Since February 5th, 1981 , the RTPC has been in court continuously, 
monitoring trials of those charged as keepers and found-ins. 279 
found-in cases are now complete. The courtroom presence and the 
coordination of the lawyers, witnesses and documentation have 
helped produce an extraordinary win rate of 87%. 
As a community, we have raised over $100,000 to assist in legal de- 
fense and to wage a political campaign for law reform and against 
police abuse. The Right to Privacy Foundation, created by the 
RTPC to administer the legal defense fund, has now authorized 
assistance for 127 found-ins and 3 sets of keepers. While it cannot yet 
pay out the most recent of its authorizations, ongoing fundraising 
will ensure that those commitments are met. 
If you can help us once again, please make contributions to the 
defense fund payable to Harriet Sachs in Trust for the RTPC, 730 
Bathurst Street, Toronto, M5S 2R4. 






COURT UPDATE 




Found-ins: 


279 cases completed 242 wins 37 losses 
2 cases now before the courts 






17 found-ins failed to appear in court and now face bench 




warrants 


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Keepers: 


Richmond 1 guilty plea; S charges withdrawn 
Romans 1 guilty plea; 5 charges withdrawn 
Back Door 3 finding of guilt; 1 under appeal 
International 1 guilty; 1 not guilty; under appeal 
The Club Trial not yet begun 
The Barracks Trial not yet begun 

FUNDS RAISED AND DEPOSITED 






Individual Donations 


$65,500.38 




Dances, other events 


15,631.21 




Organizations 


18,694.34 




Others 


9,317.48 




TOTAL RAISED: 


$109,143.41 




Less: Fundraising costs, 






Administrative expenses, etc 


13,364.64 




TOTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND 


$95,778.77 



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DISBURSEMENTS AUTHORIZED 

Found-ins(127) 

Keepers (3 sets) 

Others (4) 

Legal Administration of Fund 

TOTAL AUTHORIZATIONS 

Payments made 

Payment arrears 

BILLING IN 111 REGULAR CASES 

Average Legal Bill 
Average Authorization 



$69,658.06 

29,896.30 

6,278.76 

489.00 

$106,322.12 

95,391.20 

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"You can't be an officer — they don't 
treat people that way." 

The man turned out to be plainclothes 
officer PC David Brown. He and his 
partner PC Kenneth Brown claimed they 
were trying to arrest Dianne Shea, 
another woman charged that night, for 
kicking the side of a moving vehicle on 
Church Street. 

In his reasons for dismissing the 
charges, Judge Osborne considered a 
crucial factor to be the time at which the 
accused learned Brown was a policeman. 
He said he believed that point was when 
Brown grabbed both Pam and Tarneau, 
said, "You're under arrest," and sig- 
naled to his partner. 

Moments later there were seven police 
cars on the scene. Seven people were 
arrested, including Tarneau, Pam and 
another bystander, who stood trial with 
them. Three of the remaining accused, 
including Dianne Shea, go to trial this 
spring. The seventh person arrested, a 
juvenile, had charges against her 
dropped. 

A couple of nights after the incident 
David Tarneau found himself among a 
delegation of people reporting the 
details to the Toronto Gay Community 
Council. 

After the meeting a committee was 
struck, legal advice secured, the press 
notified and reports were filed with the 
Citizen's Independant Review of Police 
Activities. The council meeting also 
heard the latest official word from police 
chief Jack Ackroyd. The city's study 
into gay-police relations had recom- 
mended that the chief tell his force the 
gay community was a legitimate one. 
Instead he said the police force assumes 
that homosexuals as individuals "are 
entitled to the same rights, respect, ser- 
vice and protection as all citizens." This 
commitment was made the same day 
that Pam, Tarneau and the others were 
drawn into the "misunderstanding" in 
front of Together. Ackroyd later said 
that the police were just doing their jobs 
and that any problems would be cleared 
up when the matter came to trial. 

In rendering his decision. Judge 
Osborne commended the accused for 
their Good Samaritan impulses and 
described the situation as one of "great 
misfortune as they had to endure this 
serious trial," which took six days, 
drawn out over a period of twelve 
months. 

That the police were not "simply 
doing their jobs" has been decided by 
the court. But the question remains: 
were the problems with what they were 
doing addressed by the trial and its 
outcome? 

Pam doesn't think so. "We won but 
we are out the money and the time," she 
told TBP. "There is nothing we can actu- 
ally do to rectify what happened — we 
can't afford to lay a countercharge. In a 
sense, they got away with it." 

Tarneau says the events left him with a 
lot to think about. "I want a police force 
that's responsible to the public — 
policemen that wouldn't attack someone 
they thought had kicked a car without 
finding out what was wrong and saying 
they were police," he said. He's con- 
cerned about the "age-old problems of 
who will police the police and the moral 
dilemma of the bystander. ' ' 

Pam says she can see why people 
"don't fight back or come forward £is 
witnesses — the system is geared to 
make it hard." But she'd do it again. "I 
don't have any illusions about cops — 
I'd go out of my way to help anyone 
who was being treated like that." 

Chris Bearchelin 



14/THE BODY POLITIC 



MARCH 1983 



PROFILE 



Svend Robinson: Speaking out on Capital Hill 



"l think it 's important that the NDP not 
be afraid to take stands on controversial 
issues. ... To the extent that we back 
away, I think we lose support rather 
than gain support. " — Svend Robinson, 
MP, in an interview January 28, 1983. 

The most common adjective used in the 
mass media to describe Svend Robinson, 
Member of Parliament for Burnaby, BC 
is "outspoken." It's quite true. His out- 
spokenness has garnered him more pub- 
lic attention than most MPs will ever 
enjoy, and has made him an easily rec- 
ognizable political figure, a rare com- 
modity for the federal New Democratic 
Party. Recently, however, there came a 
point when the NDP feh Robinson had 
become too outspoken, and on January 
19 federal leader Ed Broadbent fired 
him as the party's justice critic. 

It was an action that remains of par- 
ticular concern to the lesbian and gay 
community, as Robinson's most contro- 
versial stands have probably been on gay 
issues. The consistency and tenacity of 
his attacks on government policy affect- 
ing lesbians and gay men have been 
unique among federal politicians and, as 
a result of his work, gay issues have 
come up more often in the current ses- 
sion of Parliament than in all sessions 
since 1867 combined. He has hammered 
away at the Armed Forces for their anti- 
gay hiring policy. He has repeatedly 
challenged the justice minister on his 
refusal to amend the Canadian Human 
Rights Act to include sexual orientation 
("nothing less than a political 
cop-out"). 

Robinson's demotion to the position 
of consumer and corporate affairs critic 
did not come as a total suprise to many 
observers. It's no secret in Ottawa that 
he is strongly disliked by Broadbent, 
among others. It's also no secret that 
Robinson has a well-deserved reputation 
for being abrasive, arrogant and too 
quick to speak for the party without first 
consulting his caucus. 

That's how it was interpreted last 
December when Jack Webster, the gar- 
rulous Vancouver television talk-show 
host, asked him what his positions were 
on the "problem" of prostitution. 

Robinson explained the party policy, 
which calls for the decriminalization of 
soliciting, the repeal of bawdyhouse 
laws, and letting municipalities decide 
whether bawdyhouses should operate 
locally. Webster attempted to create the 
impression that the NDP wanted a chain 
of state-run brothels ("the Brothcan 
concept," as Robinson puts it). Of 
course, that's not what Robinson said. 
But the simple fact that he made party 
policy public (because most Canadians 
were not aware of the NDP's policies on 
prostitution) meant that he lost his job. 

The cumulative effects of Robinson's 
tough stands on a wide range of issues, 
including gay ones, have to be taken into 
consideration when evaluating his dis- 
missal. Gay activists in British Colum- 
bia, Saskatchewan and Ontario in par- 
ticular are well aware of the party's tra- 
ditional ability to talk boldly — until it 
comes time to act. (The jury is still out in 
Manitoba, where it looks like the gov- 
ernment is again poised to make excuses 
for not putting sexual orientation in the 
provincial human rights code.) The 
party has a long history of internal fight- 
ing over "what is right" and "what we 
can sell to the voters," with self-styled 




NDPer Svend Robinson on political pragmatists: ' ' We are condemned by our silence. ' ' 



pragmatists arguing that gay issues only 
succeed in diverting attention from eco- 
nomic issues. 

A good example of a pragmatist vic- 
tory was the 1981 Ontario provincial 
election campaign, during which the 
NDP dropped any intentions of backing 
human rights code amendments, and 
later refused to speak out against the 
February bath raids. Svend Robinson 
was invited to address a March 6 Tor- 
onto rally organized by the Coalition for 
Gay Rights in Ontario and, over the 
loud and angry protests of officials in 



the Ontario wing of the party, he 
accepted. 

During his speech, Robinson was 
booed by the crowd of 1 ,200 when he en- 
dorsed Dan Leckie, the NDP candidate 
in Toronto's St George riding. Leckie 
was one of the few candidates to buck 
party strategy and speak out in favour of 
gay rights, but most gays were not pre- 
pared to support any provincial NDPer. 
One couldn't help but wonder that eve- 
ning why Robinson had placed himself 
in this almost universally unpopular situ- 
ation. He seemed not to care that very 



few, on either side of the political con- 
frontation, agreed with him. What 
others thought didn't really matter. It 
was truly uncharacteristic behaviour for 
an elected official. 

Robinson told TBPihdX he hasn't 
"reaped any great political benefits, at 
least not in terms of my own constitu- 
ency," for his pro-gay stance. He claims 
many of his constituents, who disagree 
with him strongly on certain issues, tell 
him they nonetheless admire a politician 
who isn't afraid of saying what he truly 
believes. However, inside party sources 
indicated that, when his job was on the 
line, Robinson failed to get much sup- 
port in the federal caucus (aside from 
most members from his native British 
Columbia). 

Why would a politician be so forceful 
about gay rights when it appears that 
most of his own colleagues would not 
support him? 

"Because I believe it, quite simply," 
he said in a recent interview in Toronto. 
"If we don't speak out on that issue and 
do everything in our power to change 
that situation, then I think we are con- 
demned by our silence." 

He doesn't seem to have changed his 
mind since the demotion, and he says 
that he'll continue to speak out. Indeed, 
his first public-speaking engagement as 
consumer and corporate affairs critic 
was at the University of Toronto's Les- 
bian and Gay Awareness Week. He 
stresses that he's still the critic of the 
Solicitor General, which means he'll 
continue to push Robert Kaplan to ini- 
tiate the destruction of the RCMP's 
thousands of files on gay people. As 
well, he still has his amendment to the 
Canadian Human Rights Act in the 
works (see box). 

The fact remains that Robinson's 
credibility may be reduced because most 
of his comments on gay issues will fall 
outside his official area of party respon- 
sibility. That leaves the ball in the court 
of his successor, Toronto MP Lynn 
McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood) 
who remains untested, having only been 
elected a few months ago. 

The gay community will have to keep 
its eye on the pragmatists of the NDP to 
see how successful they are in thwarting 
the acceptance of gay rights and sexual 
reform as valid electoral issues. 

One thing is certain — the internal 
poHtical battle will not take place 
without Svend Robinson. 

Kevin Orrn 



Another try: getting into tire Act 



Svend Robinson, MP (Burnaby), says the 
soonest federal Justice Committee hear- 
ings could be expected on his promised 
private member's bill to include sexual 
orientation in the Canadian Human 
Rights Act is this April. 

"This will be the first time we've gotten 
this far... to (federal Justice) Committee 
hearings," he said at a forum held during 
Gay and Lesbian Awareness Week at the 
University of Toronto in January. 

Robinson is confident that his pro- 
posed bill will advance past first reading 
because of assurances recently made by 
Justice Minister Mark MacGuigan. The 
minister was .seeking to secure an all-party 
agreement to allow the speedy passage of 
revisions to the Act to protect the rights 
of the disabled and to outlaw sexual 
harassment on the job. (Those revisions 
were given quick approval in principle 
December 20, but final passage has been 
delayed.) 

While the disabled rights amendments 



were before the Justice Committee, Mac- 
Guigan, in responding to questions from 
Robinson (who was then NDP justice 
critic), said that there was not sufficient 
"social consensus" to proceed with a sex- 
ual orientation amendment. He left 
observers puzzled by his claim that the 
Canadian Human Rights Commission 
(CHRC) already has considerable latitude 
to interpret the existing Act with regard 
to sexual orientation (TBP, 
January/ February, 1983). 

Chief commissioner Gordon Fair- 
weather responded to inquiries from 
Gays of Ottawa executive director John 
Duggan by advising that an explanation 
for the CHRC's supposed latitude would 
have to come from the Minister himself. 
"It has always been the position of the 
Canadian Human Rights Commi.ssion 
that the statutory ban on sex discrimina- 
tion in employment cannot be extended 
to include sexual preference such as 
homosexuality." 



That is why, he explained, the commis- 
sion has recommended in all reports it 
has made to parliament that sexual 
orientation be added to the Act. 

Duggan's further inquiries to Mac- 
Guigan for clarification produced the 
following muddy explanation: "the com- 
mission may consider that a prohibition 
against discrimination on a given ground 
may confer protection on homosexuals. 
For example, the commission considers 
that discrimination on the basis of sex 
precludes sexual harassment. As a result, 
sexual harassment by or against homosex- 
uals could be prohibited." 

As for his comments about social con- 
sensus, MacGuigan confirms his commit- 
ment to allowing the Robinson bill to 
reach committee hearings. Presumably 
the hearing will provide an opportunity to 
gauge social consensus. 

The Canadian Human Rights Act 
applies to all federal departments. Crown 
corporations and federally regulated 
industries such as airlines, banks and oil 



companies. 



Chris Bearchell! 1 



MARCH 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/15 



ON CAMPUS 



Awareness week: keeping them hopping 



There are people in the Toronto gay 
community who wouldn't miss a Homo 
Hop for anything — at last count they 
numbered about 400. What is a Homo 
Hop? It's a dance for lesbians and gay 
men held up to three times yearly by 
Gays and Lesbians at the University of 
Toronto (GLAUT), and it's rapidly 
becoming an institution second only to 
the famed GCDC dances . 

Aside from frequently being an event 
in its own right, a Homo Hop has 
become the celebratory finale to 
GLAUT's annual Gay and Lesbian 
Awareness Week (GLAWK), an ambiti- 
ous programme of lectures, exhibitions, 
symposiums and cultural events now in 
its third year. 

Dan Healey, organizer of the initial 
programme in February 1981, says he 
was inspired by a similar (and still thriv- 
ing) event at the University of British 
Columbia. Healey notes that from the 
beginning the U of T event, then called 
simply Gay Awareness Week, was de- 
signed to be high profile, reaching gays 
within and beyond the university com- 
munity and straight people on and off 
campus. 

Infogay, an information centre in the 
busy lobby of the Sidney Smith academ- 
ic building, has become a popular an- 
nual fixture of the week, as have accom- 
panying displays of local gay history. 
Events of larger community interest 
have included Gay in Ontario (1981), a 
political forum on the then-imminent 
provincial election, a well-attended gay- 



police relations panel in 1982 featuring 
Arnold Bruner and Toronto police 
superintendent David Sproule and, this 
year, panels and lectures with such 
diverse participants as former NDP jus- 
tice critic Svend Robinson, lesbian fem- 
inist Karla Jay, and Dr M Schelew, vice- 
president of Amnesty Internationsil. 

Year two of Awareness Week saw an 
increase in panels and discussions pro- 
duced by and for women as well as the 
inclusion of "lesbian" in the title. 
Women's influence recently reached an 
apex with the election of Alexandra 
Henriques to the chair of GLAUT at the 
start of the 1982-83 academic year. The 
result was a refreshing variety of lesbian- 
oriented events at this year's GLAWK 
(January 24 to 29), such as a Barbara 
Hammer film evening, a "Lesbian/ 
Feminist Tour of Paris" by Karla Jay, 
and a humorous anecdotal biography of 
Gertrude Stein performed by come- 
dienne Pat Bond to an audience of more 
than 300, including, says Henriques, a 
surprising number of straight couples: 
"You can tell by the way they're 
dressed." 

The increasing success of GLAWK, 
both financially and in the numbers and 
diversity of those participating, is due to 

Making it happen: Dan Healey (above), 
Alexandra Henriques (below) and Craig 
Patterson (lett) 



many factors. Healey believes that the 
Toronto bath raids, which occurred a 
scant three weeks before Aw£ireness 
Week '81, gave an electricity to the event 
which might have taken years to develop 
otherwise. According to Craig Patter- 
son, secretary for GLAWK '82, the 
charge and revolutionary flavour of year 
one were such that by year two the 
strong gay presence on campus was an 
accepted fact, providing relative ease in 
relations with other entities on campus 
(with the notable exception of Roman 




TORONTO - A day in the lite at a very 
proper Manhattan fister, as described in 
The Body Politic s April 1982 issue, is 
' 'dull and boring "loan Ontario Provin- 
cial Court judge. 

"Lust with a very proper stranger ' ' 
was not ' 'calculated to titillate the sense 
or cater to prurient tastes, ' ' Judge 
Thomas Mercer wrote in late January, 
explaining his November 1 decision to 
acquit Pink Triangle Press of obscenity 
charges. Evidence of TBP's restricted cir- 
culation and its cover proclamation as ' 'a 
magazine for gay liberation ' ' were also 
relevant, he wrote. 

Ontario Attorney General Roy 
McMurtry told a legislative committee in 
December that he will not appeal this 
acquittal. TBP will be in court again in 
April or May, however, for the appeal of 
the second ' 'Men loving boys loving 
men" acquittal. RSO 



Catholic St Michael's College, which 
guarded the souls of its student body by 
refusing to show the film Michael, a Gay 
Son (see TBP, April '82). This year's 
GLAWK even saw the programme ex- 
pand to include events at the suburban 
Scarborough and Erindale Colleges. 

Perhaps the clearest indication of the 
growing acceptance of gays and lesbians 
at U of T is the increase of funding 
allotments to GLAWK from the univer- 
sity's Students' Administrative Council. 
In 1981, Healey and his co-workers had 
to take their case to the student media to 
wrest a barely adequate $150 from the 
council. By this year, thanks largely to 
support from apparently non-gay stu- 
dent representatives, the GLAWK com- 
mittee came away with a surprise $500. 
If the trend continues, homos should be 
hopping for a good many years to come. 

JimBarlleyD 



IN COURT 



Court awards custody 
to dyke grandmother 

VANCOUVER — Custody of a two- 
and-a-half-year-old girl was awarded to 
her lesbian grandmother and her grand- 
mother's lover in BC provincial court 
November 8, 1982, over the objections 
of her natural father. 

Judge Philip Collings's primary con- 
cern was for "the health and emotional 
well-being of the child. ' ' The court 
noted that the child appears to be happy 
and well adjusted at the moment. She 
has been living with her grandmother, 
38-year-old Sharon Storey of Quesnel, 
BC, for more than half her life. Her 
grandmother's lover has also performed 
many of the day-to-day mothering func- 
tions. The role of the father, Richard 
Nicholson, 24, was basically that of the 
absent visiting parent. 

In the past, both Storey and 
Nicholson had had difficulty coping 
with the demands of parenting. Ac- 
cording to Judge Collings, however, the 
grandmother appears to have learned 
from her mistakes. 

It is unusual to grant custody to a 
non-birth parent over the wishes of a 
birth parent, and even more so consider- 
ing the matter of sexual orientation. The 
grandmother's lesbianism was treated as 
a negative factor by the judge. "Com- 
mon sense dictates that a child be 
brought up with a view to the norms of 
the society in which she resides," he 
said. "Homosexuality is not a norm in 
our society — it is abnormal." 

His misgivings were apparently not 
removed by a family court counsellor 
who testified that, according to books 
he'd read, "the sexual preference of a 
custodial parent doesn't indicate the sex- 
ual identity of the child." Nevertheless, 
the grandmother's lesbianism was not 
viewed by Collings as an overriding 
consideration. Jackie Goodwin D 

Judge fines assailant, 
advocates tolerance 

EDMONTON — A judge of the Provin- 
cial Court of Alberta sentenced Darrin 
Burke of Edmonton, on December 10, 
1982, to a $350 fine or, in default, to 35 
days in jail for assaulting a gay man. 

The assault took place last July, when 
Grant Guillet of Edmonton was walking 
on McDonald Drive, a popular cruising 
area, just after midnight. 

Several hustlers said they had been 
asaulted by Burke earlier and the police 



16/THE BODY POLITIC 



MARCH 1983 



We want 
a long-term 
relationship... 



With you! 



(See the back cover) 



had been called. Although the hustlers 
were able to identify Burke, the police 
refused to arrest him until Guillet com- 
plained that he too had been assaulted. 

In sentencing Burke, the judge said, 
"As far as Ilm concerned you acted like 
nothing but a hood." The judge then ac- 
cused Burke of making "trouble for 
other people... simply because they're a 
Httle bit different" and compared him to 
someone who would "kick a lame man 
because he's not the same as you are." 

In light of incredible anti-gay 
statements made by provincial court 
judges during bawdyhouse trials a year 
and a half ago, these remarks came as 
something of a surprise to Edmonton's 
gay community. To the best knowledge 
of gay leaders here, this is the first time 
that a queerbasher has been brought to 
justice. 

For the past two summers there have 
been numerous reports of assaults on 
gays and hustlers on or near McDonald 
Drive, but police have failed to take 
action. Relations between gays and 
Edmonton police have been poor since 
the May 1981 raid on the Pisces Health 
Spa. NilsClaussonD 

Cabaret tear-gassed, 
soldier faces chaises 

VICTORIA — A serviceman from Cana- 
dian Forces Base Work Point, near Vic- 
toria, faces a number of charges after 
allegedly releasing a tear gas grenade 
December 1 1 in the washroom of a 
Victoria gay bar. 

The grenade forced more than 100 
Saturday night patrons of Pal's Cabaret, 
a well known Victoria gay estabUsh- 
ment, to crowd down a narrow stairwell 
into the street. The gas made several 
people ill, and one had to be treated by 
paramedics at the scene. No one was 
seriously injured. 

Brent Carmichael, assistant manager 
at Pal's, told TBP: "It was a terrorist ac- 
tivity. The fire marshal has told us the 
grenade could easily have started a fire. 
As it was, it almost bHnded everyone." 
The suspect, according to Carmichael, 
had been noted previously at Pal's and 
at another nearby gay bar, but had not 
been thought to be hostile. 

Since the attack, Pal's has "had really 
good support" from the gay commun- 
ity, Carmichael noted. "(The bombing) 
made people realize that things can go a 
bit farther than usual, that it's a thin line 
to violence and terrorism." It took the 
cabaret staff several days to ventilate 
residual gas from the building. 

According to a military spokesman, 
Trent David Dingman, 22, is currently 
spending 30 days in a military prison in 
Edmonton for stealing, transporting and 
storing the grenade. His civilian trial is 
scheduled to take place on April 22. 

Richard SummerbellD 

City prostitution law 
overturned by court 

OTTAWA — Following a recent 
Supreme Court of Canada ruling that a 
Calgary anti-prostitution bylaw is un- 
constitutional, the federal government is 
being urged to amend the Criminal Code 
so that police forces can more easily 
crack down on prostitutes. 

The Calgary bylaw was struck down 
January 25 because the city had in- 
fringed on criminal law which is under 
federal jurisdiction. So, once again, 
several municipalities are turning to 
Ottawa for help. They want the Crimin- 



£il Code amended so that soliciting need 
not be (as it now must be) "pressing and 
persistent" to be an offence. 

Justice minister Mark MacGuigan, 
however, is reluctant to amend the Code 
because he's not certain that prostitution 
"is a national problem." 

Other federal politicians, including 
Judy Erola, the minister responsible for 
the status of women, are determined to 
avoid changes in the law that would 
allow police to arbitrarily harass inno- 
cent women and men. The "pressing 
and persistent" qualification was de- 
signed to prevent this kind of abuse. 

Tory justice critic Ray Hnatyshyn 
favours amending the Code and thinks 
that MacGuigan is "copping-out" 
because "the government doesn't want 
to regulate social mores." 

If the government is indeed shying 
away from regulating morality, it seems 
not unwilling to give that power to 
municipalities. MacGuigan said he is 
seeking a way for Ottawa to delegate its 
authority over some criminal law to local 
governments. This could mean empow- 
ering municipalities to pass bylaws such 
as the one defeated in Calgary. 

Meanwhile, Calgary prostitutes are 
sporting "Yes We Can" buttons, and in 
Vancouver charges against 300 men and 
women laid under that city's anti-prosti- 
tution bylaw have been dropped. In 
Toronto police continue their harass- 
ment of prostitutes by laying charges of 
loitering or counselling to commit an in- 
decent act. 

Prostitution itself is not illegal in 
Canada. Danny CockeriineD 

Accused "not guilty" 
in entrapment cases 

TORONTO — Provincial Court judges 
recently dismissed charges laid against 
two gay men netted in police entrapment 
operations. 

Both men were arrested last summer 
in Etobicoke's Marie Curtis Park by 
plainclothes officers posing as gay men, 
and were charged with indecent assault. 
One of the men was further charged with 



committing an indecent act. 

In the first case the Crown alleged that 
the defendant had approached a plain- 
clothes officer and asked him to come to 
a more secluded area of the park. There, 
the Crown claimed, the man began to 
masturbate himself and groped the offi- 
cer. At this point the arrest took place. 

While he accepted the Crown's evi- 
dence at face value, Judge J J Belo- 
bradic dismissed the indecent assault 
charge. He concluded that the accused 
"held a mistaken belief" that the officer 
also was looking for "what may be call- 
ed a homosexual encounter." An essen- 
tial part of the charge of indecent assault 
is intent to carry out the act "either 
knowing the complainant does not con- 
sent or recklessly not caring whether 
there is consent or not," he ruled. 

The charge that the accused "did 
wilfully commit an indecent act, to wit 
expose his private parts in a public place 
in the presence of one or more persons," 
fared no better. The judge ruled, "There 
must be at least a reasonable doubt as to 
whether the accused thought the com- 
plainant was participating." He added, 
"If the complainant acts in such a way 
as to induce the accused to believe erro- 
neously that the complainant is partici- 
pating... the complainant ought not to 
be treated as a 'person' within the mean- 
ing of Section 169 (of the Criminal 
Code)." 

On November 29, 1982, Provincial 
Court Judge V A Lampkin similarly dis- 
missed a charge of indecent assault 
against another man who, the Crown 
alleged, had grabbed a police officer's 
crotch. Evidence before the court was 
that the officer, dressed in casual 
clothes, had been walking back and 
forth in the park and glancing at the 
accused before the "assault" took place. 
The officer testified that his repeated 
glances were only for the purpose of 
observing the accused. The accused had 
reached a different conclusion. 

Lampkin ruled that, given the area's 
reputation as "a known homosexual 
park" and the officer's behaviour, the 
accused's conclusion that the officer was 
cruising him, was "an honest belief that 
there was consent. ' ' 



Both cases illustrate that when the 
police resort to entrapment to make 
arrests, there are legal pitfalls for the 
police, as well as certain defences for 
their victims. 

Recent reports reaching TBP indicate 
that there has been an upsurge of 
entrapment-related arrests by police in 
the third-floor washroom at the Yonge 
and Bloor Hudson's Bay Company 
store. Patrons using the Bay facilities are 
urgedtobewary. BillLoosD 



LABOUR 



Bathhouse woilters 
form Iandmai1( union 

TORONTO — The Roman's II Health 
Spa has become the first of the city's 
gay-run bars and baths to be unionized. 
Union reps sat down with management 
February 10 to begin negotiations for 
the staff's first collective agreement. 

The man responsible for convincing 
workers to organize was Darryl 
Arsenault. Roman's owners Jayne and 
Robert Taylor chose to dispense with the 
usual Labour Relations Board hearing 
and agreed to certification. 

Employees now belong to Local 725 
of the United Food and Commercial 
Workers and Arsenault, chosen by staff 
to represent them at negotiations, imme- 
diately became the union's first test case. 
He was abruptly fired after he could not 
return to work at the end of a short 
medical leave of absence for a back 
injury sustained while lifting loads of 
towels in the establishment's laundry. 

At a complaint hearing February 2, a 
Labour Relations Board chairman urged 
the two sides of the dispute to settle 
immediately outside of arbitration. 
Later the same day, the Roman's agreed 
to rehire Arsenault as soon as he was 
able to return to work. 

The Roman's lawyer at the hearing 
was a partner in the law office of Donald 
J McKillop, considered in labour circles 
to be one of the city's half-dozen anti- 
union legal firms. EJD 



Red Cross: resisting AIDS panic 



TORONTO — The Canadian Red Cross 
Society, the agency responsible for virtu- 
ally all blood collection in this country, 
has resisted pressure from at least one 
anti-gay organization to ban blood dona- 
tions from homosexuals. The Red Cross 
has opted for the same cautious policies 
as its American counterpart in the face of 
rising concern about diseases transmitted 
by blood transfusion. 

Three of the largest blood-banking 
a.ssociations in the United States issued a 
joint policy statement in January that 
said questions about a person's sexual 
orientation would be "inappropriate" 
and "ineffective" in eliminating donors 
with the acquired immune-deficiency syn- 
drome (AIDS) symptoms. 

"We go along with the joint statement 
made in the US, " said Dr Derrick. "The 
evidence is not conclusive enough for us 
to change our blood-collection patterns. 
We are not taking any precipitous 
action." He added that the Red Cross 
was concerned about the privacy rights of 
donors as it was about the health risk to 
recipients. 

Meanwhile, a Toronto-based anti-gay 
group called Positive Parents has asked 
that all homosexuals "refrain from 
donating blood until a cure for AIDS is 



found." 

Flyers produced by Positive Parents 
began to appear in the city in early 
February. Despite a complete lack of 
medical evidence to support their claims, 
the flyers confidently assert that 
homosexuals are the major carriers of 
AIDS, and that aids is transmissible 
through blood transfusions. Positive 
Parents chairman Stew Newton told TBP 
the flyers, headlined "Are you aware?", 
have been distributed to medical staff in 
every hospital in the city and at several 
downtown street corners. 

Newton has also written to federal and 
provincial health ministers and other 
medical officials calling for an inspection 
programme to test employees of "all 
known homosexually operated businesses 
of a public nature, such as Crispins 
Restaurant and the St Charles Tavern" in 
order to "determine if they are AIDS 
carriers." The flyers request that "all 
known homosexual encounter centres 
such as bawdy bathhouses be shut down 
at once and that all known homosexual 
dining and drinking establishments 
display notices warning patrons of the 
danger of AIDS contamination." 

Newton said that so far health 
authorities have been unwilling to take up 



his suggestions because they would be 
"socially unpopular," but he hopes his 
campaign will "get them off their butts." 
Unlike the entire medical profession at 
the moment, Newton claims to have 
documentation proving AIDS is caused by 
a virus and that homosexuals are its 
major carriers. 

Dr Derrick said that if evidence eventu- 
ally became clear that blood transfusions 
and AIDS transmission are related, it 
would be necessary to institute stricter 
screening of blood donors. At such time, 
the Red Cross would follow the stated 
American policy of going to leaders of 
the gay community for help in conveying 
information to potential donors. 

The Red Cross as well as the Canadian 
Hemophilia Society are currently 
involved in the design of a collaborative 
study of gay men and hemophiliacs which 
will investigate the causes of AIDS. The 
nine-person team, which also includes 
experts in infectious diseases, cancer 
research and epidemiology, is currently 
preparing grant applications for funds to 
conduct a three-year-long formal study in 
the Toronto area. 

According to Dr Gordon Jessamine, 
Chief of Field Epidemiology of Health 
and Welfare in Ottawa, as of February 7 
there were 26 cases with AIDS-likc symp- 
toms reported in Canada, of which 16 arc 
gay men. Ten of the 16 have died. 

F.d Jackson [ J 



MARCH 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/17 



' We aren 't Calgary, and we sure aren 't Montreal. ' ' Fay Orr reports. 

Out of the shadows in Red Deer 



Halfway between Edmonton and 
Calgary, Red Deer boasts a popu- 
lation of 48,562 and winter tem- 
peratures that can dip to -40° 
Celsius. Reliant upon the oil and 
gas industry, along with some agricul- 
ture and mining, Red Deer is quiet, con- 
servative, a true central Alberta city, the 
kind unrenowned for its tolerance of 
gays and lesbians. 

But the gays and lesbians are there, 
working in the post offices, in the local 
television stations, in the hospitals and 
in the schools. They grow up in smaller 
cities like Red Deer. Or they move there 
to take jobs. And many of them stay, 
sometimes feeling sad and lonely, often 
living quietly with a lover and sometimes 
forging social and informational gay 
organizations. 

To a visitor from San Francisco or 
Vancouver, "small town gays" may 
seem hopelessly paranoid and closeted. 
But, although gay hberation may never 
be more visible than a one-line advertise- 
ment in the personal column of the local 
newspaper, it takes guts to form a gay 
community in a place like Red Deer. 

Shauna Day, 23, was born and raised 
in Red Deer. She knew she was a lesbian 
from an early age, but had no idea what 
she could possibly do about it. "It was 
sort of like having a car and not know- 
ing how to drive," she says. 

Two years ago Shauna discovered the 
existence of the Gay Association of Red 
Deer (CARD) from the local newspaper. 
Her hands shook as she read the one 
page story about GARD's attempts to 
reach out to the city's gays. 

Accustomed to believing pitchfork- 
waving farmers would chase after her 
should she dare reveal her sexual prefer- 
ence, Shauna, fearful and skeptical, 
wrote CARD a letter: 

Above all I sincerely hope this is not a 
cruel joke to be played on a great many 
scared people like me. I can barely put 
into words the emotions that played 
across my mind when I saw your article in 
the newspaper and, although I am still 
very apprehensive, I have decided to give 
it a shot. 

CARD wrote to Shauna, who still lived 
with her parents, offering her a phone 
number to call for more information. 
"When I saw the letter, I was too scared 
to write down the number," she recalls. 
"I memorized it and went to a phone 
booth to make the call." 

The phone call resulted in an invita- 
tion to a dance where Shauna met 
27-year-old Gail Turner. Gail, who also 
learned of CARD through a newspaper 
ad, caught her eye early on in the even- 
ing (something Shauna attributes to the 
massive belt buckle inscribed "EAT ME" 
that Gail wore) and the two have been 
together ever since. 

"Even if GARD closes, we'll keep that 
ad going, just to let the public know the 
faggots are still here," say organizers Cin- 
dy Neufeld, 24, and Doug Heichert, 32. 

Cindy, Doug, their lovers, and Gail 
and Shauna are the main organizers 
now. Cindy, who has collected news- 
paper and magazine clippings about 
homosexuality since she was a 12-year- 
old growing up in Brandon, Manitoba, 
moved to Red Deer with her lover in 
1980. That was two years after GARD's 




Gutsy group: on GARD for the tiidden gay people in ttie small towns of Alberta 



initial formation and, unhappily for the 
couple, just a few months after the 
original group folded. The organization 
had become a dating service and mem- 
bers feared a lack of confidentiality 
when it was rumoured that someone 
without authorization was opening mail 
sent to a box at a local "bargain hunter" 
style newspaper. 

Undaunted (the two were desperate to 
find new friends), Cindy and her lover 
used the defunct GARD's mailing list to 
get in touch with Red Deer lesbians and 
gays. They also left their home phone 
number as a contact with gay informa- 
tion services in Calgary and Edmonton. 
They then tried to advertise in the town's 
two newspapers. Their ad stated simply: 
"Gay Association of Red Deer, PO Box 
356." The bargain hunter paper ran the 
ad, as it had for the old GARD, but 
cancelled it abruptly after 18 months. 
When pressed for an explanation, all the 
newspaper officials would reply was, 
"We can cancel any ad at any time." 

The Red Deer Advocate initially 
refused even to look at the ad. Cindy 
says she was told, "This is a family 
newspaper. We don't run ads of this 
nature." 

Cindy wrote to the paper's editor, 
who responded by inviting her in for a 
couple of interviews that resulted in one 
short article and a one page-long 
feature. He also told Cindy to come and 
see him if she had any more problems 
placing her ad. In 1982 the Advocate ran 
two more stories, one about GARD and 
one about the results of a gay-attitudes 
survey Gail conducted in a shopping 
mall for her college sociology class. (The 
survey was fairly positive and Gail 
reports that most reactions to her and 
Shauna were good, although one man 
said, "If I had a gun, I'd shoot them all 
(gays).") 

GARD continues to run its Advocate 
ad from Wednesday to Saturday each 
week for an $18.60 monthly rate. Pla- 
cing the ad has meant a true coming-out 
for both Cindy and Doug, who take 



turns each month visiting the Advocate 
office, dressed in their Sunday best, to 
pay their account. It's also been an 
education for the women who take the 
cash over the counter. 

"They were so nervous at first," says 
Cindy, "you could see their hands shake 
as they tried to avoid touching me when 
they took my money. The number of 
times I got back extra change!" But 
now, says Doug (who dresses up be- 
cause, "If they're going to have any- 
thing to say about gays, it's going to be 
positive"), the women are relaxed and 
friendly. 

GARD has grown since its 1980 revival 
from two to 100 members. It holds 
monthly social events, ranging from 
dances to sleigh rides to country camp- 
outs. It produces a monthly newsletter, 
sends speakers to Red Deer College and 
is contemplating becoming a proper 
society under the Alberta Societies' Act. 
The group also ran a 7 pm to 10 pm 
nightly phoneline for a few months, but 
stopped it because it was too expensive 
to maintain and because there were too 
many prank calls. 

GARD is now at another crossroads. 
Recently Doug and his lover, Bruce 
Marchand, 23, mailed out 82 surveys 
asking what course supporters wished 
the organization to take. The survey 
asked questions like "Should we charge 
a membership fee?" and "Should we 
become more active?" In late January, 
36 members turned out for a two-hour 
meeting to discuss the future of the 
organization. Basically, the six main 
organizers were tired and wanted help. 
But they say it's hard to find others will- 
ing to donate time, although plenty, 
about 70 at each of the five dances held 
in the last two years, are willing to sup- 
port social activities. 

"Our apartment has become Grand 
Central Station," laments Doug. "We've 
a spare bed that we have to get rid of 
because too many people use it to crash." 

"You just can't let people know where 
you live," warns Cindy. For Cindy, 



Doug, their lovers and Shauna and Gail, 
maintaining GARD has become a full- 
time job. Unable to afford an office, they 
must work from their homes, using home 
phone numbers. It's common to get 2 am 
phone calls from lonely gays. But not all 
the calls and the letters to the GARD box 
number come from gay people wanting to 
connect with a conununity. 

Many inquiries however turn out to be 
nasty pranks from gay-haters or mis- 
taken calls from desperate closet cases 
who call hoping to arrange for quick 
sex. And there are the calls from straight 
small town Albertans who are also lone- 
ly and who know a different meaning 
for the word "gay." 

"Once I got a letter from a 56-year- 
old farmer," remembers Doug. "I 
called him and, after speaking for a 
while, I became unsure he was gay. So I 
asked him if he'd ever had any gay ex- 
periences. He said sure, he'd picked up 
lots of girls in Calgary. It turns out he 
thought gay simply meant 'happy.' He 
thought we were a happy group." 

Fear of pranksters crashing social 
events has led organizers to behave in 
near mysterious ways. Those who res- 
pond to the ad are written back to and 
invited to call a number. Only after 
some conversation will GARD dispense 
more information. Sometimes Cindy or 
one of the other organizers will arrange 
to meet the newcomer in a local coffee 
shop. 

Although the organizers are "out" to 
friends, some family members and co- 
workers, none is willing to go so public 
as to appear on television or radio, 
although they have been invited. In local 
newspaper stories, false names are used. 

"Sometimes you can do more good in 
the community by not being known," 
says Cindy. "A just-coming-out gay per- 
son might be nervous being seen with 
you in a public place if everyone in town 
knows you're gay." 

There are many other closeted aspects 
to GARD. Dances are held a half-hour's 
drive from the city because half the 
members are too frightened to attend a 
gay function within city limits. The 
dance hall is booked under the title "The 
Newcomers' Club." 

Cindy, who maintains a small archive 
comprising photo albums and a seven- 
page typed history of the group, says 
gays new to Red Deer who are from 
large cities find its hesitation to give out 
gay information and its underground 
procedures strange. "One woman wrote 
to us that she could hardly believe our ad 
because, if there was an active gay com- 
munity in Red Deer, it certainly hid itself 
well. But we have lived here and we have 
learned by trial and error. We know 
what works best. We aren't Calgary and 
we sure aren't Montreal." 

It takes time, money, effort and cour- 
age to be a small city gay liberationist. 
The goals are pretty basic — find out 
who the other gays in town are and get 
together — not so much to educate, but 
just to dance and share a coffee. 

The accomplishments are generally 
very personal. Doug remembers the time 
a 33-year-old eilcoholic married man 
came up to him at a dance and hugged 
him, saying, "Thanks, you guys. I can 
finally accept myself as a gay man."D 



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MARCH 1983 




"Dump Dianne" movement grows as mayor rejects domestic-partners bill 

Feinstein veto draws fire in SF 



SAN FRANCISCO — Mayor Di- 
anne Feinstein vetoed this city's 
proposed "domestic-partners" 
bill December 9, provoking an 
angry reaction in the gay com- 
munity. Mayor Feinstein now must face 
a special recall vote April 26. 

The domestic-partners bill was intro- 
duced by Supervisor Harry Britt and ap- 
proved by the board of supervisors in an 
8-to-3 vote November 22. The legislation 
would have allowed gay and unmarried 
non-gay couples to declare themselves 
domestic partners and receive the same 
benefits and rights now received by 
spouses. 

Feinstein's original reasons for veto- 
ing the bill were that it was vague and 
unclear, that it was divisive and that it 
would result in higher insurance premi- 
ums for city employees. However, in a 
January 26 meeting she told gay and les- 
bian community representatives that she 
would oppose a second revised version 
of the bill and would in no way, shape or 
form put her signature to any legislation 
that mimicked a marriage certificate. 
The mayor's decision was apparently in- 
fluenced by a letter from Catholic Arch- 
bishop John R Quinn, who claimed that 
the bill was "offensive and severely in- 
imical to marriage and the family, which 
are the foundation of society." 

Even those in the gay community who 
usually support Feinstein joined in the 
criticism. Reverend Jim Sandmireof the 
Golden Gate Metropolitan Community 
Church said he and others had support- 
ed the mayor and excused other decisions 
she had made, but "there is no excuse 
for this." Five hundred demonstrators 
gathered in front of City Hall on the day 
of Feinstein's announcement, shouting 
"Dump Dianne." Feinstein's invitation 
to speak at a fundraising benefit for the 
Human Rights Campaign Fund in Hous- 
ton, Texas was abruptly cancelled by 
organizers. 

Feinstein faces a recall vote April 26 
after a petition of 35,000 names was 
presented by a group calling itself the 
White Panthers. The Panthers have been 
organizing to oppose the mayor's gun- 



control law for several months. Thou- 
sands of gay people apparently signed 
the Panthers' petition in late December 
to express their anger at the mayor's 
veto of the domestic-partners bill. 

The city's gay political leaders seem to 
be divided on the recall effort. Many are 
worried about uniting with the right- 
wing gun lobby, even though disgusted 
by Feinstein's veto. Others feel a strong 
vote of non-confidence in the mayor 
might encourage a more progressive can- 
didate to challenge her in the regular 
elections next November. D 

AIDS funds approved; 
new scare over blood 

WASHINGTON DC —The US Con- 
gress has approved a $2-million package 
for research into Acquired Immune De- 
ficiency Syndrome. AIDS has stricken 
nearly 1,000 people across the United 
States during the past three years, and 
75% of the victims have been gay men. 
Now a new controversy over the danger 
of blood donations from "high-risk 
groups" has made front-page headlines. 
The $2-million funding bill, which be- 
came law December 21, was a compro- 
mise between a $2.6-million measure ap- 
proved by the House of Representatives 
and a $1.5-million bill approved by the 
Senate. The bill was the result of intense 



lobbying by gay groups, who expressed 
satisfaction that Congress had finally 
taken note of AIDS as a serious health 
problem. 

The AIDS scare took a new twist late 
in December after it was reported that a 
baby had contracted the ailment, possib- 
ly through blood transfusions from a 
man who subsequently died of AIDS. 
Nine hemophiliacs who receive regular 
blood transfusions have also developed 
the syndrome. Hemophiliacs are at high 
risk because the blood product they re- 
ceive is produced by concentrating ex- 
tracts from blood taken from more than 
a thousand donors. 

A joint statement by the American 
Red Cross, the American Association of 
Blood Banks and the Council of Com- 
munity Blood Centers January 14 reject- 
ed a call to ban blood donations from 
high-risk groups — gay men, Haitian 
immigrants and intravenous-drug abus- 
ers. The statement declared that "direct 
or indirect questions about a donor's 
sexual preference are inappropriate and 
ineffective in eliminating those donors 
who may carry AIDS." 

In spite of that statement, the Nation- 
al Hemophilia Foundation issued a 
statement January 17 calling on manu- 
facturers of blood products to refuse 
blood donations from gay men and to 
identify potential gay male donors 
through direct questioning. In the face 
of criticism from gay leaders, Alan P 



Brownstein, executive director of the 
foundation, agreed that the statement 
could have a detrimental impact on the 
gay community. "On hindsight I think 
we might have focused better on precise 
wording to avoid confusion or misinter- 
pretation," he said. 

There is still no definitive proof that 
AIDS can be transmitted through blood 
transfusions. 

In New York, Gay Men's Health Cri- 
sis Incorporated, which provides infor- 
mation on AIDS and counselling and pa- 
tient services to AIDS victims, has rented 
the Ringling Brothers Barnum and 
Bailey Circus and Madison Square Gar- 
dens for a special benefit performance 
April 30. The group, which has more 
than 300 volunteers, is seeking to raise at 
least $150,000 to help carry on its work. 

Governor Thomas H Kean of New 
Jersey issued a proclamation January 3 
declaring February 1983 AIDS Aware- 
ness Month. There were 52 cases of 
AIDS reported in New Jersey as of 
December 1, 1982. Several educational 
events are planned for the month and 
clinics for screening and testing of AIDS 
cases have been set up. New Jersey Gay 
Coalition president Allen Kratz said the 
declaration will "let people know about 
AIDS and understand as much as is 
known about it. It's a good lesson in 
how the gay community and federal and 
state health officials can work 
toaether."n 



Media madness for the holidays 



The North American Man-Boy Love 
Association (NAMBLA) was splashed 
across the front pages of US east coast 
tabloids just before Christmas, and even 
received a full-page denunciation in the 
January 17 issue of Time, as police and FBI 
agents swept down on members' homes. 
The sensational media event was the big- 
gest "gay sex scandal" since the Washing- 
ton press invented a Congressional page- 
boy sex ring to pick things up over last 
summer's news doldrums. The NAMBLA 
hysteria seemed tailored 
for the Christmas 
market. 



Three NAMBLA members were arrested 
with two boys at a cottage in Wareham, 
Massachusetts, near Cape Cod, and 
charged with indecent assault and kidnap- 
ping December 3. Police carted away a 
large stash of pornography and went to the 
media. 

The Boston Herald American echoed 
police sources calling NAMBLA "a highly 
organized group of men with a single pur- 
pose — sex," and a "bizarre international 
man-boy sex club." In a December 7 arti- 
cle under the headline, "Sex Ring Recruit- 
ed with Gifts, Literature Defends Homo- 
sexuality," the Herald went on, "Thou- 



sands of boys, some no more than eight or 
nine years old, were lured into friendships 
by gift-giving men who eventually seduced 
and often photographed them, police 
sources said yesterday." 

The real hysteria was yet to come. Just 
before Christmas a police press conference 
announced that a photograph found in the 
December 3 raid was that of Etan Patz, a 
six-year-old who disappeared from New 
York's SoHo district in 1979. "We're 95% 
sure it's him," said Detective Jack Russell 
of the Wareham police. 

"Did Sex Club Trap This Boy?" asked 
the December 20 Herald. "In the name of 
what twisted idea of sexual freedom can 
anyone justify as 'benevolent' the crim- 
inal taking of a first-grade boy from his 
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Royal court bumps 
would-be counsellor 

AMSTERDAM — Not to be outdone by 
the British, the Dutch royal court has 
produced its very own gay scandal. 

An applicant for the post of staff 
counsellor at the royal court was re- 
jected at the very last stage of the hiring 
process on the grounds of his homosex- 
uality last November. The applicant had 
passed five interviews and was selected 
for the post when a routine security 
check turned up his homosexuality. 

The Dutch gay organization COC de- 
manded an explanation from the prime 
minister, who replied that although he 
felt the situation was unsatisfactory, this 
was an "exceptional circumstance." The 
head of the Dutch government informa- 
tion service explained that since a staff 
counsellor would have to deal with fami- 
lies, a homosexual could not be "first 
choice. One doesn't appoint a Moslem 
to solve problems among Christians." 

Meanwhile, the Dutch secretary of 
defence has agreed to a request from the 
country's army union to permit soldiers 
to wear earrings, despite protests by offi- 
cers that such jewelry might become en- 
tangled in machinery. A defence depart- 
ment official described the move as a 
matter of emancipation for both men 
and women. Previously earrings had 
been banned in the army, regardless of 
the sex of the wearer. D 

Appeal squashes 
Decision of Worms 

MAINZ — In a November 19 ruling, an 
appeals court in this German city over- 
ruled the decision of a local magistrate in 
Worms who found that a contract be- 
tween homosexuals was void on the 
grounds that "morally repulsive" beha- 
viour had been involved (see TBP, 
December '82). The German gay press 
had described the magistrate's decision 
as "unprecedented homophobia." 

The appeals-court decision found that 
changes in public opinion and law reform 
decriminalizing homosexual activity 
could not be deemed irrelevant to civil 
law. The contract between the gay men in 
question was therefore declared valid. 

In another case that will be of signifi- 
cance to many lesbians and gay men, the 
provincial supreme court of Hamm af- 
firmed the right of tenants to share 
private apartments with whomever they 
wished, regardless of gender and of 
whether sex was taking place. The deci- 
sion challenges a long tradition that 
allowed landlords to supervise the 
morals of their tenants, and evict tenants 
who were found wanting. The practice 
had often been used to evict gay people 
and unmarried heterosexuals. D 

Mexican president 
revol(es anti-pom law 

MEXICO — The new Mexican presi- 
dent, Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, 
elected on a platform of "Moral 
Renovation of Society," has been forced 
to revoke an anti-pornogrphy decree 
proclaimed by his predecessor, Jose 
Lopez Portillo, after public protest, but 
there seems to be a continuing swing to 
the right by the Mexican government on 
moral issues. 

Portillo's "Regulation of Obscene 
Publications and Objects" proscribed 



all forms of media that would incite "in- 
directly or through means of double 
entendre, acts that would be contrary to 
good customs or to morality or which 
could foment or induce vices," portray 
"sexual perversion" or "contain semi- 
nudes, complete nudes or show pubic 
hair." The decree generated a storm of 
protest from the publishing industry and 
progressive groups, including represen- 
tatives from the lesbian group Oikabeth, 
from Mexico City's Grupo Lambda and 
from gay collectives outside the capital 
who condemned it as "fascistic." Mex- 
ican feminists also widely condemned 
the law as a threat to freedom of 
expression. 

The new president is expected to intro- 
duce his own proposals concerning ob- 
scenity later this year. Meanwhile the 
new climate of moral purity has pro- 
duced an increase of police harassment 
of customers of gay night spots in Mex- 
ico City. D 

French court rejects 
action against bishop 

STRASBOURG —The Strasbourg Cor- 
rectional Court refused to hear a legal 
complaint by the Parisian group Ren- 
contre des homosexualites en Isle-de- 
France (RHIF) against the Bishop of 
Strasbourg, Monseigneur Leon Arthur 
Elchinger, November 30, claiming that 
the bishop's anti-gay remarks had not 
been directed against any identifiable 
person. 

The complaint was the result of the 
bishop's last-minute withdrawal of 
church facilities, which had been booked 
by the International Gay Association to 
accommodate its mid-year conference in 
April 1982. Conference delegates were 
forced to seek shelter in hastily erected 
army tents. In a subsequent press confer- 
ence. Bishop Elchinger told the media, "I 
respect homosexuals just as I respect the 
sick. But if they wish to pass off their 
sickness as health, then I do not agree." 

A press conference organized the day 
after the court decided not to hear the 
case denounced the view that homosexu- 
ality is a sickness. "Behind the word 
'sickness' there are very ugly meanings," 
said historian Jean Paul Aron. "It is easy 
to move from the diagnostic to the ana- 
thema. There is no fundamental differ- 
ence between sickness and malignancy." 

The RHIF and its supporters are 
presently considering appealing the case 
to a higher court. 

The decision has strengthened the 
petition campaign for the country's na- 
tional gay organization, the Comite 
d'Urgence Anti Repression Homosex- 
uelle (CUARH). The group is calling for 
the inclusion of sexual orientation in the 
country's anti-discrimination laws, 
which are up for review in 1983. 

Although the Mitterrand government 
repealed the remaining anti-gay articles 
from the French criminal code, discrim- 
ination in housing, services, child cus- 
tody and education still exist. The 
CUARH reasons that the inclusion of 
sexual orientation in the country's tough 
anti-discrimination laws could be an im- 
portant step in fighting these diffuse 
forms of heterosexism . D 

World News credits 

Cay Community News (Boston), The Wash- 
ington Blade CWash'ington, DC), The Advo- 
cate (San Mateo), The Bay Area Reporter 
(San Francisco), Cay Community News (Me\- 
bourne), Homophonies (Paris), Cai Pied 
(Paris), Torso (Berlin), Kendall Lovett (Syd- 
ney). Special thanks to Bob Nelson in New 
York for research on the NAMBLA story. 



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MARCH 1983 



NSW bias ban doesn't stop cops 



SYDNEY — The Australian state of 
New South Wales amended its anti-dis- 
crimination act to protect lesbians and 
gay men from discrimination in employ- 
ment, public education, services and ac- 
commodation November 26. Ironically, 
it is still illegal to engage in homosexual 
activity in the state and poHce moved 
against a gay disco January 29. Several 
men were arrested on indecency charges. 

The amendment was introduced by 
the state's Labour-Party government in 
spite of a hysterical anti-gay campaign 
orchestrated by right-wing member of 
parliament and broadcaster, the Rever- 
end Fred Nile. Nile's wild allegations 
that the amendment would permit ho- 
mosexual teachers to sexually assault 
school children with impunity backfired 
and isolated him from other slightly 
more sane conservative forces. 

The discrimination law was a real shot 
in the arm for the state's gay movement, 
which had seen a series of defeats in its 
attempt to reform anti-gay criminal law 
over the past year. 

The police force was thrown into a tiz- 
zy by the law change. "Practising homo- 
sexuals — like practising thieves — will 
not be accepted in the New South Wales 
police force despite the new anti-dis- 
crimination laws," warned a shaken 
Assistant PoHce Commissioner Angus 
Graham. Graham said there was a major 
conflict between the new anti-discrimin- 
ation laws and criminal law prohibiting 
homosexual acts. "The solution to the 
dilemma is obvious," said Sydney gay 
activist Ken Lovett. "The NSW govern- 
ment should repeal the vicious anti-gay 
sections of the Crimes Act 1900." 

But Sydney police seem far from rec- 
ognizing the new law as a signal of ac- 
ceptance for the gay community. Police 



forced their way into Club 80, a popular 
gay club, early in the morning of Janu- 
ary 29, detaining the 250 people inside, 
some for up to four hours, until they 
furnished identification, addresses and 
employment information. Thirty people 
were taken and held in the Darlinghurst 
police station but were later released 
without being charged. Four men were 
charged with committing an "indecent 
assault on a male person, with or with- 
out consent." 

Community response was swift. A 
leaflet condemning the raid was distrib- 
uted in less than twelve hours and a dem- 
onstration of 1,000 angry lesbians and 
gay men Saturday, February 5 demand- 
ed that all charges be dropped. The In- 
ternational Gay Association has called 
for protests from around the world. 

The community also is taking the 
offensive against Reverend Fred Nile. 
On the same day the anti-discrimination 
law was passed, Sydney's Gay Solidarity 
Group (GSG) was recognized as an inter- 
ested party and allowed to challenge the 
licence renewal of radio station 2GB on 
the grounds that Reverend Fred Nile's 
regular four-hour Sunday-night show 
was offensive to gay people and their 
friends and used religious broadcasting 
time for political purposes. 

During the hearings before the Aus- 
tralian Broadcasting Tribunal December 
15, barrister David Buchanan intro- 
duced tapes of Nile's program where 
homosexuals were described as "vomit 
and garbage" and were said to "deserve 
to have their necks broken." 

In spite of the strong presentation, the 
tribunal announced the renewal of the 
station's licence for a three-year period. 
2GB is one of the oldest commercial sta- 
tions in the country. D 



NAMBLA, continued from page 19 

parents?" commented a New York 
7/>/3e5 columnist. 

By this time FBI agents had ransacked 
the apartments of two NAMBLA mem- 
bers in New York and questioned five 
others. Affadavits used to obtain search 
warrants referred to a number of sus- 
pected offences, including "possesion 
of obscene material," "kidnapping" 
and "trafficking in white slaves." 

The New York Daily News suggested 
December 26 that NAMBLA facilitated a 
procedure by which "you pay thou- 
sands of dollars and put in an order for 
a seven-year-old child with red hair, the 
next day he arrives at your door." Pol- 
ice sources speculated that NAMBLA 
was making up a "catalogue of avail- 
able boys." 

NAMBLA hit back December 28 with 
press conferences of its own in Boston 
and New York. Spokespersons David 
Thorstad and John Mitzel showed the 
press a copy of the original picture of 
the boy police were "95% sure" was 
Etan Patz. It had been published in a 
non-pornographic calendar in 1968, 
three years before Patz was born. 

"NAMBLA is a public and legal or- 
ganization," explained Mitzel. "It seeks 
to educate society about the benevolent 
nature of man-boy love and supports 
the liberation of persons of all ages 
from sexual prejudice, exploitation and 
oppression. NAMBLA is not and never 
has been involved in prostitution, the 
production or distribution of pornogra- 
phy or the transportation of minors for 
illegal purposes." 

"We recognize that sexual abuse of 
I children does occur and we deplore it," 



added Bill Andriette, a 17-year-old 
NAMBLA member. "But we also know 
from experience that meaningful, con- 
sensual sexual and emotional relation- 
ships can and do occur between men 
and boys. No FBI raid can stop that." 

Hysteria seems to still have the last 
word. The New Jersey press, full of fea- 
tures on "child molestation," quoted a 
county prosecutor as saying, "our chil- 
dren are being abducted at alarming 
rates." One New Jersey county has 
begun a programme of fingerprinting 
school children. 

Time's January 17 feature on pedo- 
philia informed readers that "a surpris- 
ing number (of pedophiles) are other- 
wise respectable and well-to-do," and 
warned: "Locations for contact are ob- 
vious, bus stations, amusement arcades, 
and school yards.... The seduction is 
frequently played out over a period of 
weeks or months.... Once hooked the 
child is often posed for pornographic 
pictures and asked to recruit other 
children." 

"To hear many pedophiles tell it, they 
are actually protecting the child by iso- 
lating him in a warm, romantic setting 
where he gets the love that parents and 
peers refuse to give. That rationaliza- 
tion has taken in some sexologists who 
play down the risk of damage to the 
child and blame it on the outraged reac- 
tion of the parents." 

Time concluded, "Despite the pedo- 
philes' belief that almost any sexual 
taste can be rendered respectable, no 
society interested in its own preservation 
can allow such conduct." 

NAMBLA clearly has its work cut out 
for it. [ 1 




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FORTUNE AND 



MEN'S EYES 



John Herbert 



Metro Theatre Productions 




MARCH 1983 



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TBP'S GU DE TO WHAT'S GOING ON N TORO 



MONTH 



TV/Radio Stephen Stuckey] 

DA Fringe of Leaves. A reading of gay 
Australian writer (The Twyborn Affair) 
Patrick White's novel. Ellen, a Victorian 
farmer's daughter, marries an aristocratic 
Englishman and travels to Tasmania. On the 
way, she is shipwrecked off the Queensland 
coast and taken prisoner by aborigines — 
she learns about cruelty and savagery at the 
point of a spear. In twenty parts. CBC 
Radio. Mon-Fri, Mar 7-Apr 1. 10:25 pm. 

□ Feminism in the Political Arena. Four 
programmes examining various feminist 
strategies for affecting change in political 
spheres, and the opposition to these strat- 
egies as seen by leading feminists in English 
Canada, Quebec, Britain and the US. Ideas, 
CBC Stereo. Mar 1, 8, 15, 22 at 8:05 pm. 

□ All About Eve. Mankiewicz's 1950 back- 
stage story about superambitious Anne Bax- 
ter and glitteringly poisonous George San- 
ders exudes vast amounts of glossy cynicism, 
aided by the likes of bitchy Bette Davis and 
beauteous Marilyn Monroe. Saturday Night 
at the Movies, TVOntario. Feb 26, 10 pm. 

□ Emma Goldman: A Life of Anarchy. She 
showed up in Ragtime and Reds, but "this is 
her refl/ story," according to CBC. A four 
part series on the anarchist, feminist, and 
defender of free love and homosexuality, 
who was born in Lithuania and died in Tor- 
onto. Ideas, CBC Stereo. Feb 28, Mar 7, 14 
and 21, 8:05 pm. 

Stage Jon Kaplan 

□The Dear Love of Comrades. Canadian 
premiere of Noel Greig's musical play about 
the life of Edward Carpenter, pioneer of the 
Independent Labour Party movement in Vic- 
torian England, whose open declaration of 
homosexuality forced his party to take a 
stand on gay rights. Feb 27-Mar 6, 8 pm. 
The final show will be a special benefit per- 
formance for the Gay Community Appeal. 
University College Playhouse, 79A St 
George St. 978-6307. 

□ Pasolini/Pelosi. Sky Gilbert's new show, a 
theatrical investigation into the murder of 
film director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Thurs- 
Sun, Mar 18- Apr 3. The Theatre Centre, 666 
King St W. 862-0659. 

□ An Evening with Dorothy Parker. 
Adapted and directed by Susan Lowrie, 
from the writings of the inimitable wit. Mar 
2-6, 8 pm. George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity 
College, Devonshire Place. 978-4166. 

□ Fortune and Men's Eyes. John Herbert's 
play about homosexuality (and other things) 
in Canadian prisons in the '60s. Metro 
Theatre Productions remounts its version at 
the Pauline McGibbon Cultural Centre, 86 
Lombard. Feb 23-Mar 6, 8 pm. 823-3033. 

□ Mad in Canada. Comedy revue whose 
hallmark is geniality rather than biting 
satire. Its gay sketch is sympathetic if predic- 
table. Mon-Fri, 8:30 pm; Sat, 8 and 10:30 
pm; Mon, pay what you can. Old Angelo's, 
45 Elm St. 597-0155. 

□Toronto Dance Theatre. The company 
that helped put Toronto on the Canadian 
contemporary dance map honours its found- 
ers with evenings devoted to their choreo- 
graphy. Patricia Bealty's work will be on 
view Feb 23-26; Peter Randazzo's choreo- 
graphy will be highlighted Mar 2-5. 8 pm. 80 
Winchester St. 967-1365. 

□ Louis Faico Dance Company. Falco, best 
known for his choreography in the movie 
Fame, returns to Toronto after last year's 
successful engagement. This year's works in- 
clude Black and Blue, Little Boy and 
Escargot. Mar 15-19, 8 pm. Ryerson Thea- 
tre, 43 Gerrard St E. 595-5088. 

□ 3 X Tenn. The University of Windsor 





Francesco Clemente: "visions of polysexuality' 



Graduating Class with one-act plays by 

Tennessee Williams: Talk to Me Like the 

Rain, Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton 

and Hello from Bertha. Mar 10-13, 8:30 pm. 

Harbourfront, 235 Queen's Quay W. 

869-8412. 

□To Serve and Protect. Theatre Autumn 



Angel presents a workshop version of Col- 
leen Murphy's new play about the conflicts 
between the public and private lives of two 
police officers. Feb 27 and Mar 6, 7 pm. St 
Paul's Centre, 121 Avenue Rd. 365-0533. 
□ Cabaret. The Limelight Dinner Theatre 
production starring Tom Kneebone and Jan 



Kudelka has moved to W Teller's Cage 
Dinner Theatre, Commerce Court. 862-1434. 

□ Oh! Calcutta! Musical with a bit of nudity 
and even less entertainment. Mon-Thurs, 

9 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 and 10:30 pm. Variety Din- 
ner Theatre, 2335 Yonge St. 489-7777. 

□ Let My People Come. A sex musical, with 
some lesbian and gay material. Basin St 
Cabaret, 180 Queen St W. Mon-Thurs, 8 
pm; Fri-Sat, 8 and II pm. 598-3013. 
□The Dresser. See review p 24. 

Art Nicolas Jenkins 

□ Madwoman. Performance by H Allin, M 
Bociurkiw, and B Lounder, which asks for a 
re-evaluation of women and mental illness, 
in terms of ritualized oppression within our 
society. ARC, 789 Queen St W. 368-5643. 
Feb25-26, 8:30 pm. $3. 

□ TVice Told Tales. Constance deJong, 
author of Modern Love and described as a 
"radicalized Scheherazade intent on eroding, 
among other things, the tyranny of gender," 
will be in town to give a reading, and pos- 
sibly to prepare and produce a new work for 
broadcast television. Not to be missed! Part 
of A Space's "Intervention" series curated 
by Tim Guest. The Rivoli, 334 Queen St W. 
596-1908. Mar 2, 8 pm. $3. 

□ Film and Video Against Censorship 
Benefit. Dance, film, music, poetry and 
comedy for a good cause. The Funnel, 507 
King St E. 364-7003. Feb 26, 8 pm. 

□ Sex and Representation Series. After the 
the very successful Von Gloeden show, A 
Space presents parts two and three in the 
series. Italian artist Francesco Clemente's 
drawings are described as "an ambiguous 
and compelling vision of polysexuality... 
which vividly portray a kind of self- 
realization through sex." (Through Feb 26). 
New York painter Pat Steir uses a rather 
romantic /symbolic approach to the theme of 
sexuality. (Feb 28-Mar 19). A Space, 299 
Queen St W, Suite 507. 595-0790. 

□ Reclaiming Documentary. Martha 
Rossler, respected writer and performance 
artist, will lecture on the theory of the docu- 
mentary image and the importance of return- 
ing it to its "original" political roots. Cana- 



22n"HE BODY POLITIC 




About ninety minutes into Without a Trace, a 
new film directed by Stanley Jaffe, the plot 
appears to be all wrapped up. Susan (Cana- 
dian Kate Nelligan, at left) has resigned her- 
self to never seeing her six-year-old son 
again, after his disappearance on his way to 
school one morning. Almost everyone is sat- 
isfied the case has been solved when a family 
friend and former house-boy in his twenties, 
an ' 'avowed homosexual, ' ' is discovered to 
have a record for being involved with a 
fourteen-year-old boy, especially when a raid 
on his apartment turns up handcuffs, whips, 
chains — and a blood-stained pair of the 
boy's shorts. 

But an eleventh hour plot twist reveals that 
the boy is alive and well. Unlike the rest of 
the film (in the understated style of Kramer 
vs Kramer, which Jaffe produced), this end- 
ing is unconvincing, but it's certainly an 
admirable step forward in educating the pub- 
lic about pedophelia. None other than Susan, 
the boy's mother, lectures the audience on 
y how pedophilia is not necessarily violent or 
even exploitative, and that the overwhelming 
majority of adults involved with children are 
heterosexual. 

Or did the filmmakers just want a happy 
ending? 



MARCH 1983 







dian Centre of Photography, 596 Markham 
St. 536-5400. Mar 3, 7 pm. $4/5. 
D Building Women's Culture. The Toronto 
Women's Cultural Collective presents a two- 
month festival of discussions and formal and 
on-street exhibitions of women's art and cul- 
ture. Starting on International Women's Day 
and running through April. For up-to-date 
info, phone 534-1682. 

Cinema Stephen Stuckey 

DLianna. John Sayles's film set in a New 
Jersey academic community stars Canadian 
Linda Griffiths as a married mother of two 
who wakes up one day and discovers that in 
reality she is a lesbian mother of two. Fine 
Arts, Yonge north of Eglinton. 487-4548. 
DTootsie. Hirsute Dustin Hoffman sports 
funky pastel twin-sets as he straightens out 
the messed-up lives of the beautiful women 
around him in this true-to-life comedy. Long 
lineups. Hyland, Yonge at St Clair. 
962-2891. 

DCome Back to the S and Dime, Jimmy 
Dean, Jimmy Dean. Robert Altman's new 
film possesses all the oozy sleaziness of Con- 
fidential magazine — transsexual Karen 
Black plays the kind of girl who lip-syncs to 
Eydie Gorme records in tacky Kansas City 
bars. Trashy. Carlton Cinema (at Yonge), 
Eaton Centre Cineplex. 296-3456. 
[ 1 Female TVouble. Divine stars in this epic 
John Waters movie concerning Dawn Daven- 
port, runaway schoolgirl. Opens with Dawn 
trashing her parents' Christmas tree, and 
goes downhill from there. Rivoli, 334 Queen 
St W. Feb 27, 7 pm. 596-1908. 
[ lln the Best Interests of the Children. 
Classic documentary about lesbian mothers, 
screened by the Lesbian Mothers' Defence 
Fund. Scadding Court Community Centre, 
Dundas St W and Bathurst. Mar 25, 8 pm. 
Donation requested. 

1 'The Stationmaster's Wife. Fassbinder's 
1977 telefilm analyzes the ennui suffered by 
a petit bourgeois Bavarian hausfrau — her 
faithlessness leads to sorrow and ruin. With 
Kurt Raab and Elisabeth Trissenaar. Interna- 
tional Cinema, Yonge at Eglinton. 489-3800. 



Music John Allec 

DKiri Te Kanawa. Charles and Di probably 
thought they were giving her an honour 
when she sang at their wedding, but history 
will tell.... The New Zealand soprano with 
the funny name and exquisite voice comes to 
Toronto for a concert of Berlioz, Handel and 
Puccini at Roy Thomson Hall, March 12 at 
8 pm (broadcast the next day at 3 pm by 
CBC Stereo). Also singing in two Metropol- 
itan Opera broadcasts of Strauss operas: 
Arabella on March 5 at 2 pm, and Der 
Rosenkavalier on March 19 at 1 :30 pm. 



EATING OUT 



Greg Saint Louis 

* Members of Lambda Business Council 

n Special this issue: Carltoti Eat Well. Ingenious 
sandwiches and great specials. Some inconsisten- 
cies — jarring x-port green and vermillion surroun- 
dings and some attitude — but this place is brand 
new. Carlton St at Ontario, 924-6733. $20-40 for 2. 
n Amsterdam Caf6. Still the best deli 'n' Dutch 
treats on Church St, 485 just south of Wtellesley 
n Barney's. Breakfast and lunch. JUST PU\IN 
GOOD. $10 or less for 2. 385 Queen St W 
DBemelman's. Pop singles bar and pricey 
restaurant. Fashionably cruisy, especially early 
Sunday. 83 Bloor St W. 960-0306. 
D Caf6 New Orleans. See/be seen patio packed 
year 'round Beer, wine, innocuous fare. Go lor the 
view 618 Yonge St. 922-2439. 
n Carlevale's. Unaffected distinction in Italian din- 
ing at a languid pace. 158 Avenue Rd 922-4787 
riChez Loll. Cozy, very pink New-French meals. 
$40 -t- for 2 69 Yorkville Ave. 960-0894. 
■*■ Crispins. Innovative winter prix-fixe and k la 
carte menus; European, local and vegetarian 
cuisines. Popular wine list, well researched, 
$20-50 lor 2 66 Gerrard St E. 977-1919. 
'A' Dudes. Full menu 10 Breadalbane (behind 
Parkside Tavern) 923-6136. 
( 1 18 East Hotel & Tavern. Inexpensive home- 
cooked meals Daily prime rib special. $4 95; Sun- 
day brunch $3.95 18 Eastern Ave 368-4040. 



. _, Emilio's. Sandwich stop, restaurant, bar on low 
east side. Brilliant menu changes every week. 
$20-40 for 2. 127 Queen St E. 366-3354. 
D Fare Exchange. Small neighbourhood caf6. 4 
Irwin Ave. 923-5924. 

n Fenton's. Pre-eminent temple of refection. Less 
expensive room downstairs. $60-100 for 2. 2 Glou- 
cester St. 961-8485. 

D Fiesta. Bright, lively hyper-trend restaurant; 
unusual specials. 838 Yonge St. 924-1990. 
D Figaro Ristorante and Cabaret. Italian food, U^ 
entertainment. 21 Yorkville Ave. 923-3263. 
D Hart's. Homey open room features coeurs A la 
kitsch, all-day menu and desserts. Full bar. 
Casual, friendly staff, good prices. $8-30 for 2. 225 
Church St at Dundas. 368-5350. 

* Jennie's. Casual restaurant with anything from 
burgers to steaks. Fully licensed. 360 Queen St E 
(at Parliament). 861-1461. 

n Johnny K's. Swank chromo-bar/supper salon 
on the beach. All day menu, brunch, full license. 
$15-20 for 2. 1955 Queen St E. 698-7133. 
*Les Cavaliers. Continental menu, daily specials. 
418 Church St, 977-4702. 

* Lipstick. Caf6-bar with full menu plus late-nite 
snack stuff. Music drifts from disco to nuevo wavo. 
4:30 pm-3 am (4 am weekends). 2 for 1 brunch 

The Stationmaster's Wife: ennui in the night 





V*' 




MARCH 1983 



first Sun of month. 580 Parliament St, 922-6655, 
D Living Well is the Best Revenge. Late-date caf6 
open daily until 2, Fri & Sat to 4. Soup/ 
sandwiches, beer/wine. 692 Yonge St. 922-6770. 
D Major Roberts. Neighbourhood bar upstairs, 
dining downstairs. Inexpensive lunches; fixed- 
price Sunday brunch. 124 Harbord St. 968-7000, 
D Master Chel. Spanish goodies and jugs of 
Sangria. $25-40 for 2. Bloor St W at Brunswick. 
D Metropolitan. Snappy Jetson-like space — 
attracts advance guard of fashion. Food unpredict- 
able Sporty lounge quiet on Sunday afternoons. 
667 Yonge St 968-2571. 

D Mushrooms. Casual basement restaurant. Busi- 
ness clientele changes to show-biz/gay crowd in 
lateeve. 49 Front St E. 368-1898, 
DThe Outpost (at Hotel California). Inexpensive 
menu. 319 Jarvis St. 925-6215. 
D Parkway Restaurant and Tavern. Vintage Cab- 
bagetown chophouse with free live acts $10 or 
less. 488 Parliament St. 924-7202. 
n Peachtree Restaurant. Burgers, salads, soups, 
desserts. Till 1 am daily. 678 Yonge St. 967-4800. 
*Pimblett's. Gaudy friendly British pub/bistro — 
import draught, desserts. 249 Gerrard St E. 
929-9525. 

D Queen Mother Caf6. Cosy, informal place with 
reasonably priced soups, salads, sandwiches and 
desserts. 206 Queen St W. 598-4719 
nRaclette. Hearty sandwiches, lively salads, fon- 
dues, raclettes. and a truly amazing by-the-glass 
wine list. $15-30 for2. 361 Queen StW 593-0934 
DThe Rivoli. Popular soup, sandwich and dessert 
spot with Laotian specialities. Cabaret space in 
back room 334 Queen St W 596-1908 
L 1 Le Select Bistro. Parisian fare, dally specials and 
vins du jour Jazz/blues tapes and smart service. 
$15-30 tor 2 328 Queen St W 596-6405 
1 I Together. Continental menu, specials Sunday 
allyoucaneat/ $6 457 Church St 923-3469 



NIGHTLIFE 



Bars 



The Albany Tavern. 158 King St E 861-1155 
Lounge, beverage room, dance floor with DJ, patio 
Popular Sunday tea-dances, 
f IThe Barn. 83 Granby St 977-4702. Casual 
stand-up bar and disco 



THE BODY POLITIC/23 



ON THE TOWN 



Those into observing the migratory pat- 
terns of Toronto's gay crowds are having 
a field day lately.... The Club Mystique, 
in what used to be David's, wooed DJ 
Greg Hewlett from Stages, and the 
extravagant space, sound system and 
lights may rival Stages' sensory over- 
load. The managers also own Montreal's 
successful Mystique.... Meanwhile, 
Wally MacDonald has transferred his 
loyalties from The Albany's disco booth 
to Stages, though the Sunday tea dances 
at The Albany are thankfully still a 
hit.... Cornelius, which made an abor- 
tive attempt last year to get a gay clien- 
tele, has once again decided to switch 
from wine, women and song to drugs, 
dicks £uid disco.... Malloney's is starting 
out with a friendly mixture of dykes and 
gay men.... 18 East Hotel and Tavern is 
once again laying claim to the leather /- 
denim crowd, after a try at attracting les- 
bians.... New Dimensions, the new les- 
bian social group which replaced Les- 
bian Potluck Suppers, says they're get- 
ting over fifty women at get-togethers 
lately.... Hoofers Once Again {n^e 
Mainstage), has asked that they not be 
listed in TBP's restaurant listings.... 
Closets, attics and Salvation Army 
stores throughout TO are being emptied 
in preparation for GCDC's March 26 
Mardi Gras Costume Ball.... Party Boys 
is a new commercial outfit whose March 
5 event. Scavenger Hunt, may be the 
first of many. It's being held in 
Gregory's, ordinarily a straight bar.... 
The Canadian Opera Company will put 
on Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice in 
June, 1984. Britten's last opera features 
a mute boy dancer as Tadzio, symbol of 
beauty and art to the aging 
Aschenbach.... The Toronto Stock 
Exchange has commissioned a sculpture 
from, of all people. General Idea, who 
generally see themselves as avant-garde. 

JohnAllecD 

Plus qa change, plus c 'est la meme chose. . . . 

Our researchers recently ur)earthed a 1950s 
brochure advertising the Walsingham Hotel, 
which turns out to be an earlier version of the 
now-gay Hotel California (see adp 43). The 
Tara-like balconies have sadly disappeared, 
as has the colourful wallpaper. 




' ' ybu 're always on the run, now / Holing up with somebody. 



— Gloria 



Sky Gilbert's latest play, previewed in mid-December at The Theatre Centre, presents an 
unlikely trio of eccentrics all swooning over a demonic, ambisexual stud called Rick. Predict- 
ably, Gilbert's monologues are the best part of Gloria, particularly one seduction scene in which 
Gilbert (far left) sardonically sizes up the massively-endowed and (to us) invisible Rick, all the 
while fussing demurely with a pair of transparent plastic gloves and chatting about rectal 
examinations! 

Based on Pasolini's Teorema, the play is bound to be controversial. It veers wildly from 
Rabelaisian high-jinks to homophobic vitriole (Swaantji — Lynne Cormack, centre — regularly 
deplores the preoccupation of gay men with cock size). As the titular heroine, Kim Renders 
(right) creates a memorable portrait of an epileptic with a voracious sexual appetite: "I happen 
to be good in bed — all epileptics are! '' ' Gilbert's unique delineation of her character disarmingly 
blends sadness and absurdity. 

Charles Murdoch 's direction seemed flexible and gentle; some scenes seemed somewhat 
static, though, and the play needs a more powerful, less conventional conclusion. Gilbert is try- 
ing to interest alternative theatre groups in a production of the play, and the future will hopefully 
contain a full production of this exciting new work. PG BakerU 




Hamming it up 

The Dresser by Ronald Harwood. Bayview 
Playhouse, 1605 Bayview Ave. 481-6191. 
Through March 5. 



Toronto Arts Productions' The Dresser 
could well have come directly from 
Stratford. A conspicuous technical com- 
petence is obvious from the staging to 
the costuming — this is no cheap pro- 
duction. Its exaggerated theatricality, its 
success on Broadway and the West End, 
and the press about the Robin Phillips/ 
William Hutt production in Vancouver 
virtually guaranteed good box office, 
and the run has in fact been extended. 

Harwood seems uncertain as to 
whether to vilify or venerate Sir, the 
actor/ manager touring wartime England 
in King Lear, around whom all the char- 
acters fiutter and prostrate themselves. 
Douglas Campbell gives the role a larger 
than life performance quite suitable to 
the lines and situations given him in the 
script. He gets to do all those things 
actors would die to do. 

So does Nicholas Pennell as his 
dresser. Pennell preens and minces and 
gets increasingly bitchy and drunk, right 
up to the the traumatic final scenes 
where his revelation and soul-baring will 
either tear your heart out or leave you 
irritated and somewhat perturbed. One 
is asked to accept him as the central 
character, a man whose love dare not 
speak its name for over sixteen years. 
Sixteen years? Accept this situation or 



reject the entire premise of the play. 

In an icily mechanical performance as 
Madge, the long suffering and similarly 
unrequited stage manager, Frances 
Hyland sets the tone and terms of the 
action: "Hopefulness is a disease." In 
the performance I witnessed, the stage 
was ablaze with histrionic fireworks — a 
blaze of briefly lived brilliance but no 
enduringlight. DayneOgilvieD 

' 'Should Homosexuals Be Allowed to Adopt 
Children ? ' ' was the question posed on an 
upcoming program of The Great Debate. Gay 
father John Alan Lee (below) joined Blair 
Shaw, formerly with Renaissance Canada, 
and host Pierre Berton in the show, which 
will soon be telecast on CBC-TV (call CBC at 
868- 1972 for date). A poll of the studio aud- 
ience before the program indicated a fifty-fifty 
split of opinion, but Lee had a majority of the 
audience on his side half an hour later. 




D Boots (at the Selby). 592 Sherbourne St 
921-3142. Dance floor, lounge, casual dining room. 
D Buddy's Backroom Bar. 370 Church St. 
977-9955, Chatty, casual stand-up bar. 
DBud's (at Hotel Selby). 592 Sherbourne St 
921-1035. Video, dance floor. Strip show Thurs. 
nCameo Club. 95 Trinity St. 368-2824. Licensed 
private dance club for women. Fri and Sat only. 
n Cornelius. 579 Yonge St. 967-4666. Cruise bar, 
dance floor. 7 days a week. 
n Dudes. 10 Breadalbane St (laneway behind 
Parksi<Je Tavern). 923-61 36. Stand-up and after- 
hours bar and restaurant. 
ni8 East Hotel & Tavern. 18 Eastern Ave. 
368-4040. Leather/levi bar. Pool table, videos, 7 
days a week. Happy hour, 9 pm. 
DKatrina's. 5 StJoseph St. 961-4740. Stand-up 
bar with dance floor. Open Fri and Sat to 4 am. 
Cover charge on weekends. Dining lounge. 
DLes Cavaliers. 418 Church St. 977-4702. Piano 
singalong bar, very chatty. 
D Malloney's. 85 Granville St (one west of Bay). 
922-4106. Bar/dance floor. Lesbians and gay men. 
DThe Outpost (at Hotel California). 319 Jarvis St 
(side entrance). 925-6215. Leather and denim 
crowd, esp weekends. Dining room, pool room. 
DParkside Tavern. 530 Yonge St. 922-3844. Bar, 
dining room and men's beverage room. 
DThe Quest. 665 Yonge St. 964-8641 . Bar, dining 
room and upstairs disco. 
DSt Charles Tavern. 488 Yonge St. 925-5517. 
City's landmark straight-owned gay bar. 
DTogether. 457 Church St. 923-3469. Bar, dining 
room. Comfortable space for women. 



Baths 



DThe Backdoor Gym and Sauna. 121/2 Elm St 
(laneway west of Yonge St 2 blocks south of Ger- 
rard St). 977-5997. 24 hours. 
DThe Barracks. 56 Widmer St. 593-0499. Leather/ 
denim. 6 pm-4 am; 24 hours on weekends. 
DThe Club. 231 IVIutual St. 977-4629. 24 hours. 
DThe Roman's Health and Recreation Spa. 742 
BaySt. 598-2110. 24 hours. 



Discos 



DCharly's. 488 Yonge St, upstairs. 925-5517. 
Men only. Fri and Sat, 10 pm to 3:30 am. 
DClub Mystique. 16 Phipps Ave (behind Sutton 
Place Hotel). 927-7707. V\feekends. 
DManatee.llASt Joseph St. 922-1898. Men 
only. Fri, Sat and Sun. 

DStages. 530 Yonge St. 928-0492. Mixed. Sat 12 
to 5 am. Sun 10:30 pm-4 am. 
DTwilightZone. 185 Richmond StW. 977-3347. 
NewWave, mixed. 

Accommodation 

DCatnaps Guesthouse. 246 Sherbourne St. 
968-2323. Fifteen rooms, TV lounge, pool table 
and game room, laundry and kitchen facilities, 
sundeck. One or two people: $20. 
D18 East Hotel & Tavern. 18 Eastern Ave. 
368-4040. Bar and dining room, 22 rooms, TV 
lounge, sauna, gym, laundry facilities, free park- 
ing. One or two people: $20. 
DHotelCalilornla. 319 Jarvis St. 925-6215. 
Renovated. 47 rooms, private baths, lounge. Bar 
and dining room. $35 single, weekend rates. 
DThe Selby Hotel. 592 Sherbourne St. 
921-3142. Victorian-style hotel; bar, dining room. 
72 rooms, private baths. No housekeeping. One 
person: $23.50; two people: $29.50. 



COMMUNITY 



DToronto Gay CommunHy Council. 105 Carlton St. AtU lioor, 
MSB 1 M2. Umbrella organization of lesbian and gay groups 
Forum (or sharing information and discussing political strategies. 

Social/political action 

[ I Bridges. Drawer D062, c/oTBP, Box 7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9, 

H/licfiael Riordon (922-0735), Group connecting lesbian, gay and 

ttiird world liberation struggles. 

f IChutzpah. 730 Batburst St, M5S 2R4. 782-3942, Group for 

Jewisfi gay men and lesbians and friends 

f 'Coalition lor Gay Rights In Ontario (CGRO). Box 822. Stn A, 

M5W 1G3 533-6824 Toronto office: 730 BathurstSt, I\/I5S 2R4, 

iCommlttee to Defend John Damlen. 1508-914 Yonge St. 
M4W 3C8 925-6729 

I : Foundation lor the Advancement of Canadian Transsexuals 
(FACT) — Toronto. 519 Ctiurcfi SI Community Centre. IVI4Y 2C9 
( IGay Alliance at York. c/oCYSF, 105 Central Sq, York University. 
4700 Keele St, Downsview. ON mj 1P3, 667-2515, 
< IGay Asians of Toronto. Drawer R999, c/o The Body Politic. Box 
7289. Stn A. fVI5W 1X9 H/lonthly meeting and social. Info: Glad 
Day. 961-4161 

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MARCH 1983 



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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 




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Wed/Feb 23 



DOut & Out Midweek Downhill Ski Day. 

Blue Mountain Peak, 7 am — no crowds, no 
line-ups! Rental available. Lift tickets appx 
$18, plus discretionary expenses (including 
apres-ski supper in CoUingwood). Reserve at 
927-0970 a week in advance. 
DGay Community Council. Monthly 
meeting. 519 Church St Community Centre, 
7:30 pm. Info: 923-GAYS. 

Thurs/Feb 24 

n"Gay Art: Towards a Definition." Presen- 
tation by the gay art collective JAC to the 
Lesbian and Gay Academic Society. Rose 
Room, Trinity College (U of T). 8 pm. 

Fri/Feb 25 

D Samuel Delaney. The respected science- 
fiction writer (The American Shore) and lit- 
erary critic speaks on the Michel Foucault: 
"Of Male Sexuality as a System of Com- 
modity Control." Presented by the Graduate 
Program in Social and Political Thought. 
Bethuen College Gallery, third floor, York 
University Campus. 

n "Racism in the Gay ComAunity." Discus- 
sion organized by Gays and Lesbians at the 
U of T, including speakers Tim McCaskell, 
Tony Souza and Richard Fung. International 
Student Centre, U of T. 7:30 pm. 
Din the Best Interests of the Children. Pre- 
sented by the Lesbian Mothers* Defence 
Fund. See Cinema. 

DGEM Dance. Gay Equality Mississauga 
presents a licensed dance at Unitarian Hall, 
84 South Service Rd. 8:30 pm. 1-453-4426. 



Sat/Feb 26 



n Doctor's Day. Physicians from Gays in 
Health Care will be donating their fees for 
the day to the Gay Community Appeal. 
Phone Hassle-Free at 922-0603 for info. 
DNew Dimensions. Lesbian social group. 
Info: Gayle at 683-8691. 
DFilm and Video Against Censorship Bene- 
fit. See Art. 



Sun/Feb 27 



n Sappho's Birthday. She would have been 
over 2500 years old today.... 
DChutzpah's Monthly Brunch. Break bread 
with the popular new gay Jewish group. Call 
782-3942. 

DOut & Out Cross-Country Ski Day. Horse- 
shoe Valley, 7:30 am. Rental available. Info: 
960-6005. 

D Toronto Gay Patrol TVaining Course. Vol- 
unteers wanted! 519 Church St Community 
Centre, 3-6 pm. Call 968-6744 or 368-6971. 
DThe Dear Love of Comrades. Opening 
night. See Stage. 



Tues/March 1 



D Feminism in the Political Arena. See 

TV/Radio. 





INTERNATIONAL 
WOMEN'S DAY 
MARCH 5 " 1983 



"Women 's Right to a Job, Women 's Right to 
Choose, and Women's Right to Peace" are the 
demands for this year's International Women's 
Day. which has a history stretching back to 
rebellious garment workers in New York City's 
Lower East Side in 1857. 

Three preparatory workshops will explore each 
of the themes: "Women 's Liberation and the Fight 
Against Wage Controls, Concessions and 
Unemployment (March 1 at 8 pm. Trinity United 
Church, 427 Bloor St W): "Women's Liberation 
and Abortion ' ' (Feb 28 at8 pm, also Trinity 
United): and "Women's Liberation, Disarmament 
and Anti-Imperialism (March Sat 8 pm, Metro- 
politan Community Church, 730 Bat hurst St). 
March 5 itself will feature a rally-demonstration 
with entertainment at Convocation Hall (U of T) at 
1 1 am sharp, and a Fair from 1 to 4 pm at Central 
Technical School, Bathurst & Harbord. Lesbians 
are welcome to join the all- women's contingent at 
the front of the march, or the gay contingent (if the 
latter, please call 653-4939). Daycare for all of the 
above is available by pre-registering with John, Cat 
or Brian at 591-1434. 

Two dances are also planned. A mixed dance 
sponsored by Action Daycare and OPSEU Region 5 
Women 's Committee (a benefit for Miniskool Work- 
ers) takes place Feb 25 at the Robina Ballroom, 1 
Robina Avenue (near Oakwood and St Clair): 
admission $5. A women-only dance sponsored by 
the UofT Women 's Newsmagazine at 8:30 pm on 
March 5 will also take place at the Robina. 

For more information on any of these events, 
please call 789-4541. 



Wed/March 2 

D Lesbian Phone Line Meeting. Prospective 

volunteers welcome. 348 College St, third 

floor. 7 pm. 

D An Evening with Dorothy Parker. See 

Stage. 

D Twice Told Tales. See Art. 



Thurs/March 3 



DGay Fathers and Psychiatric Counselling. 
Discussion led by Or K Meen. 519 Church St 
Community Centre, 8 pm. Info: Gay Fathers 
of Toronto, 368-1 166 or 967-4203. 
D Reclaiming Documentary. See Art. 

Fri/March 4 

DGLAUT Talent Night! Promises to hold at 
least a few surprises.... Refreshments will be 
served. University College Union, 79 St 
George St. 7:30 pm. 

Sat/March 5 

D International Women's Day. See box. 
DScavenger Hunt. Party Boys invites you to 
"dance, drink and discover" at Gregory's, 



17 Adelaide St W, from 9 pm to 2 am. No 
one's sure yet what all the men there are go- 
ing to be hunting for, but it is on Saturday 
night.... Three full bars, snacks, lounge. 
Tickets $5 advance at Glad Day, $6 at door. 
D Metropolitan Community Church. Wor- 
ship service and promotional for TV pro- 
gram. 730 Bathurst St, 7:30 pm. 
DChutzpah House Party. 8 pm at Terry's. 
782-3942. 

DGay Asians Meeting. Call Glad Day at 
961-4161 for info. 



Sun/March 6 



DJewish Lesbian Party. Sponsored by 
Chutzpah, 782-3942. 
D New Dimensions. Lesbian social get- 
together. Info: Gayle, 683-8691. 
n Reverend IVoy Perry. The long-time head 
of the Metropolitan Community Church will 
lead a service at 7:30 pm, 730 Bathurst St. 
D Lesbian Mothers Potluck Supper. 
6:30 pm. Info: 368-2128. 
DThe Dear Love of Comrades. Special 
benefit performance for the Ga^ Community 
Appeal. See Stage. 

Tues/March 8 

D Lambda Business Council General 
Meeting. Prospective members welcome. 
7:30 pm at Dude's, with dinner beforehand 
if you like. Info: Isabel Smythe, 960-1291. 



Wed/March 9 



DOut & Out Midweek Downhill Ski Day. 

No crowds or line-ups! Rental available. 
Lifts about $18, plus discretionary expenses. 
Call 927-0970 at least a week in advance. 
D Homosexuality and the Bible. A class 
sponsored by the Metropolitan Community 
Church. 730 Bathurst St, 7:30 pm. 



Thurs/March 10 



D "Someone in Your Life is Gay." The 

Skills Exchange presents Rev Brent Hawkes 
of MCC speaking on having friends and rel- 
atives who are gay. Topics will include prac- 
tical, factual information such as gays and 
the law. 7-10 pm. For more info or to regis- 
ter, call 967-7640 or visit 5 Charles St W. 
$20. Course may be repeated April 14th. 
DOut & Out Environmental Series: Birds in 
Ontario. Lecture tonight at 7:30 pm. 
$3/members, $4/ non-members. Will be fol- 
lowed Mar 15, 20 and 30 with films and field 
trips to Long Point and Point Pelee. Info: 
927-0970. 



Fri/March 11 



D "Homophobic Graffiti." A presentation 
by Susan Prentice sponsored by GLAUT. In- 
ternational Student Centre, U of T. 7:30 pm. 
DGEM Dance. Gay Equality Mississauga 
presents a licensed dance at the Eldorado 
Hall (call 453-4426 for directions). 8:30 pm. 
D Foundation for the Advancement of 



The Dear Love of Comrades: Stuart Dunsworth (left) as Edward Carpenter and Jonattian More as his lover George Adams, in Canadian premiere 




Jf 



Juan Antonio: featured in the company formed by choreograptier Louis Faico, famous for Fame 



Canadian Transsexuals Meeting. 519 Church 
St Community Centre, 8 pm. A film may be 
shown; social hour to follow. 



Sat/March 12 



t J"The City Gardener." Out & Out presents 
an extended course on how to transform that 
patch of grass on your balcony into a pro- 
ductive and attractive garden. Two lectures 
and two out-of-town field expeditions. 
Limited to 15. $25. Info: 927-0970. 
n Pasolini/Pelosi. Premiere of Sky Gilbert's 
new play. See Stage. 
DKiri Te Kanawa. See H^usic. 

Sun/March 13 

I IChutzpah's Monthly Brunch. 782-3942. 

M on /March 14 

' lU of T Sex-Ed Centre Open House. 

10 am-9 pm through Friday. Gay counsellors 

T\ies night. 978-3977. 

Tues/ March 15 

DChutzpah General Planninji Meeting. 

8 pm, 519 Church Si Community Centre. 

Thurs/March 17 

1 A Day with the Irish. Special bar night at 
The Outpost. Last year's was a success, even 
though nobody showed up in green leather. 
319 Jarvis St, late-ish. 



D "Adhesiveness: Between Friendship and 
Homosexuality." Michael Lynch presents a 
lecture to the Lesbian and Gay Academic 
Society. Everyone welcome. Rose Room, 
Trinity College (U of T). 8 pm. 
DOut & Out Skills Training: Practical Pho- 
tography. Three-part course taught by two 
pros. $20 (members $15). 927-0970. 

Fortune and f/len 's Eyes: Back on the boards 




Fri/March 18 

DGay Fathers of Toronto. Potluck supper/ 
discussion, 6:30 pm. 368-1166 or 967-4203. 
n Pornography Panel. Discussion sponsored 
by Gays and Lesbians at the U of T. Interna- 
tional Student Centre, 7:30 pm. 
DOut & Out Country Weekend. At a farm- 
house near Buckhorn, with outdoor sports 
and indoor relaxation. About $50; $30 
deposit by Mar 4. Info: 927-0970. 

Sat/March 19 

DCGRO invades Niagara Falls! Two-day 
meeting in Niagara Falls of the Coalition for 
Gay Rights in Ontario, including a Sunday 
workshop called "Bitch, Bitch, Bitch!" and 
meeting of the Steering Committee. 1 1 am- 
4 pm Sat and Sun. Billeting, info: 533-6824. 

Sun/March 20 

DNew Dimensions. Social group for les- 
bians. Info: Gayle at 683-8691. 
D Dignity (gay Catholics). Special service 
prepared by women. See Sundays. 
DOut & Out Hike to Long Point. 927-0970. 



Wed/March 23 



DOut & Out Mid- Week Cross-Country Ski- 
ing. Info: 927-0970. 
DGay Community Council of Toronto. 
Forum for sharing info and debating issues. 
519 Church St Community Centre, 7:30 pm. 
Info: 923-GAYS or CGRO (533-6824). 

Thurs/March 24 

n Feminism in the '80s: "Which Way Now, 
Mother?" Speaker and panel discussion on 
the future of Canadian feminism, sponsored 
by the Ryerson Women's Centre. 380 Vic- 
toria St, Room L72 in Lecture Hall. 5:30 
pm. Info: Jennifer Martin, 598-9838. 

Sat/March 26 

DMardi Gras: A Costume Ball. The Gay 
Community Dance Committee presents what 
could be the costume extravaganza of the 
year, with two dance floors and lotsa fun. 
Upstairs, DJs Krys Shepherd and Two Man 
Sound (Peter Seifert and Michael Temple) 
play the latest in disco, while downstairs 
Ilona Laney plays rock, new wave and 
women's music. Prizes for best costumes, of 
course. Proceeds to twenty-eight community 
groups. Tickets $7, available at Toronto 
Women's Bookstore (40C surcharge) and 
Glad Day Books, or $5 after 1 am. The Con- 
cert Hall, 888 Yonge St (at Davenport). 
9 pm-5 am. 

D Gender Blender Dance. Licensed dance 
sponsored by the U of T Sex Ed Centre. The 
Buttery, Devonshire Place. 8:30 pm. $3. 
Sounds like fun! 

DOut & Out First Aid lYaining. An inten- 
sive two-day workshop by St John's Ambul- 
ance, providing certificate upon completion. 
Minimum of 8 people required, for special 
course exclusively for O&O members. $25. 
Arrange attendance by March 15. 927-0970. 



Sun/March 27 



D Canadian Day of Lesbian Action. For 

events as the day draws near, please call 
964-7477 (Rape Crisis Centre) or consult the 
next issue of TBP. 



Mon/March 28 

[ JJane Rule's Birthday. Canada's own ver- 
sion of Sappho turns 52 today. 

Tues/March 29 

D Integrity (gay Anglicans). Special service: 
6:30 pm, Eucharist; 7:15: dinner; 8: Medita- 
tion led by Sr Thelma Ann, 9: compline. 
Church of the Holy Trinity (Eaton Centre). 

Thurs/March 31 

1 lOut & Out Photography Lecture. For 

info, call.927-0970. 

SEND ALL INFORMATION TO 
OUT IN THE CITY, THE BODY POLITIC, 
BOX 7289, STN A. TORONTO IVI5W 1X9 

DEADLINE FOR THE APRIL ISSUE: 
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1983 

FOR MORE UP-TO-DATE INFO, CALL 

923-GAYS 



Trouble with the Police? 

Phone 960-6318. 24-hour hotline Confidential- 
ity guaranteed Citizens' Independent Review 
of Police Activities (CIRPA). Call us first! 



MONDAYS 



DThe Women's Group. Collectively 
run support and consciousness-raising 
group for lesbians. 519 Church St, 8 pm. 
Contact Raechel (926-0527). 
DJudy Garland Memorial Bowling 
League. 9 pm. For info, ask at Buddies, 
Dudes, Boots or the Albany. 
nOvereaters Anonymous. For gays and 
lesbians. 8 pm, 730 Bathurst St. 
DLesbian/Lesbienne: the National Les- 
bian Newsletter. Meetings at 7:30 pm. 
Contact Kerry for more info: 367-0589. 



TUESDAYS 



n Integrity (Gay Anglicans). Church of 
the Holy Trinity (Eaton Centre). 
7:30 pm, except Mar 29 (see calendar). 
D Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. 

7:30 pm. 519 Church St. 



WEDNESDAYS 



D Metropolitan Community Church. 

Midweek services. 730 Bathurst St. 
Wheelchair accessible, amplified for the 
hearing-impaired. 

n No-Name Cafe. For people who want 
an alternative to the bar scene. A place 
to relax, with coffee, tea and conversa- 
tion. 519 Church St, 8-10 pm. 
DToronto Addicted Women's Self- 
Help Network. Self-help group for 
women addicted to alcohol and other 
drugs. Central Neighbourhood House. 
349 Ontario St, 7 pm. Info: 961-7319. 
Dlnternational'Women's Day Commit- 
tee. 7:30 pm. Info: 789j4541. 
D Lutherans Concerned. 8 pm in a 
member's home. Info: David at 
596-7052. March 2 and 16. 



THURSDAYS 



D Canadian Gay Archives. Open for 
research and tours, 7-10 pm. 24 Duncan 
St, fifth floor. Info: 977-6320. 
DGay Alliance at York. Ross BIdg, 
faculty lounge (S-869). 
n Married Lesbians. Support discussion 
group sponsored by Spouses of Gays. 
1 :30 pm, 206 St Clair Ave W. 967-0597. 
DGay /Lesbian Action for Disarma- 
nent. 7:30 pm. 921-1938. Mar 3 and 17. 
DTAG Coming Out Group. Meets in 
private home. Supportive atmosphere 
for people coming to terms with their 
sexuality. 8 pm. Info: 964-6600. 
njudy Garland Memorial Bowling 
League. 9:30 pm. Info: ask at Buddies, 
Dudes, Boots or the Albany. 
D Women Against Violence Against 
Women. 519 Church St, 7:30 pm. 
March 10 and 24. 



WEEKENDS 



Fridays 



GRiverdale Volleyball League. For 

info, ask at the gay-owned bars. 



Saturdays 



n Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. 
Informal coming out group, 2-5 pm, 
519 Church St. 



Sundays 



I Dignity/Toronto. Worship followed 
by discussion. Our Lady of Lourdes 
Church, Shcrbourne St. 4 pm. 960-3997. 
L J Metropolitan Community Church. 
Singspiraiion at 7:10, worship at 7:30 
and fellowship following. 730 Bathurst 
St. Wheelchair accessible, amplified for 
ihc hearing-impaired. 

Alcoholics Anonymous. High Noon 
Gay /Lesbian Group. 12 noon, 730 
Bathurst St. Speaker. Open to all. 




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DGay CommunllY Appeal ol Toronto. Box 2212, Sin P. M5S 2T2 
869-3036. Fund-raising tor gay and lesbian community projects. 
DGay Community Dance Committee (GCDC). 730 Balhurst St. 
M5S 2R4. Organizes community lund-raising dances. 
DGay Fathers ot Toronto. Box 187. Stn F. M4Y 2L5. 967-0430 or 
967-4203, 

DGay/Lesbian Action tor Disarmament. Box 5794, Stn A. 
M5W 1P2. 921-1938 

DGay Liberation Against ttie Right Everywhere (GLARE). Box 793. 
StnO, M4T 2N7. 

DGay SIG. Drawer C622, c/o Ttie Body Politic. Box 7289. Sin A. 
M5W 1X9 Group ol gay members olMENSA in Canada, 
DGay Sell-Oelonce Group. Box 793, Stn Q, M4T 2N7 423-4803. 
Organizes courses in sell-defence in and outside ol Toronto, 
DGays and Lesbians at University of Toronto, c/o SAC Oilice. 1 2 
Hart House Circle. University ol Toronto, M5S 1 A1 , 978-491 1 , 
DGEM Gay Community Outreach. Box 62, Brampton, ON L6V 2K7 
Peel Region (Bramplon-Mississauga) group tor gays and lesbians, 
GaylineWest:453-GGC0, 

DGIad Day Defence Fund. 648A Yonge St. M4Y 2A6 961-4161 . 
Legal fund lor Kevin Orr, asst manager charged alter April 21 
police raid on bookstore. Cheques payable to: Hamburg/Trollope in 
trust lor Glad Day Defence Fund , 

D International Gay Association (Toronto), c/o Gay Community 
Council, 

QLesbian and Gay Academic Society. Boxl87, StnF, M4Y 2L5 
921-531 7 (Conrad) or 924-6474 (Alexandra) 
DLesbian and Gay History Group of Toronto. Box 639. Stn A. 
M5W 102,961-7338, 

DLesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee. Box 793, Stn 0. 
M4T 2N7, Organizes end of June celebration, 
DLesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. 730 Balhurst St. M5S 2R4 
533-2867. Phone counselling: Mon, Wed. Fri, Sat 
7 pm-10:30 pm, 

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

DLesbian Speakers Bureau. Box 6597, Stn A, M5W 1X4. Info: 
Michelle at 789-4541 or Debbie at 964-7477, Speakers tor myth- 
shattering seminars and workshops about lesbians, 
DLesbians Against the Right (LAR). Box 6579. Stn A, M5W 1X4 
Lesbian-feminist political action group 
DNew Democratic Party Gay Caucus. Box 792, Sin F, M4Y 2N7 
964-1049 

DNew Dimensions. Social group for women, meets approximately 
every third week. Info: Gayle, 683-8691 , 
D Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Toronto. 52 Roxaline 
St, Weston ON M9T 2Y9. Info: Pauline l^artin at 244-2105: 
D Parents ot Gays Mississauga. c/o Anne Rutledge. 3323 Kings 
MastingsCres, Mississauga L5L 1G5 820-5130, 
DRightto Privacy Committee (RTPC). 730 Balhurst St, M5S 2R4 
Defence committee for gays arrested under bawdyhouse laws. 
Cheques or charges payable to: Harriet Sachs in trust for RTPC. 
Into: 961-8046 or 368-4392. 

DRosemary's Women's Group. 519 Church St Community Centre. 
Into: Raechel 926-0527. Collectively run support and conscious- 
ness-raising group lor lesbians, 

DSpouses of Gays, c/o Caryn Miller, 260 Carlton St. MSA 2L3 
Phoneline: 967-0597 Wed, Thurs 6:30-8:30 pm, 
DToronto Gay Patrol. Sell-governing group ol lesbians and gay 
men patrolling downtown core of city, c/o 29 Grenville St, Apt 2, 
M4Y 1A1, Into: Peter, 368-6971, or Chris, 968-6744, 
DToronto Male Rape Support Group. For men who have experi- 
enced rape. Box 597, StnO, M4A 2P4, 731-1 Pape Avenue, 24 
hour line: 461-5921 , or 922-1 111, pager 7262, 
DToronto Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf. Box 671 , Sin F, M4Y 2N6 

Health/social services 

D After You're Out. Weekly groups lor gay men meeting tor 10 weeks 
to discuss personal goals, problems, topics of interest. Organized by 
TAG, Info: 964-6600, 

DA Way Out. 530-GAYS. 24-hour recorded messages for young les- 
bians and gays. Four to five minutes of supportive info on dealing 
with parent. Iriends, tears and coming out problems. Drawer C614, 
c/oTBP, 80x7289, Stn A. M5W 1X9, 
DAIcoholics Anonymous. Lesbian/gay lellowships 964-3962. 
DGaycaro Toronto. Phoneline 368-8696 Irom 7-11 pm seven days a 
week Free face-to-face drop-in counselling service in the downtown 
area Drop-in Thurs 7-10 pm. 519 Church SI Community Centre. 
Group sessions, 

DGay Counselling Centre of Toronto. 105 Carlton St. 4th floor, 
M5B 1M2,977-2153,Tues.Wed.Thurs, 6:30-9:30 pm. Professional 
counselling for lesbians and gay men. Call lor appi or drop in. 
DGay Men's Discussion Groups. Sponsored by U of T Sex Ed Cen- 
tre 978-3977 

DHassie-Free Clinic - Men. 556 Church St, 2nd floor. M4Y 2E3, 
922-0603 VD into, testing and treatment. Hours: Mon. Wed, 4-9 
pm; Tues, Thurs, 10 am-3 pm; Fri, 4-7 pm; Sat, 11 am-4 pm, VO 
testing at baths: Roman's, Fri from 9 pm; The Backdoor, every sec- 
ond Tues from 9 pm; The Club, every second Wed Irom 9 pm, 
DLesbian Phoneline. Box 70. Sin F, M4Y 2L4 960-3249 Tues 
7:30-10:30 pm Recorded message other limes. Speakers available, 
nSex Ed Centre, c/o U of T Office of Admissions, 315 Bloor St W, 
Room 107, M5S 1 A3, Devonshire and Bloor Sts. behind Admissions 
BIdg, 978-3977 Sex counselling for U ot Tcampus. Gay«ounsellors 
every Tues, 10am-9pm, 

DToronto Area Gays. Box 6706 Stn A, M5W 1X5, 964-6600. Free 
peer counselling and inio lor lesbians and gay men, Mon-Sal: 7 
pm-10:30pm 

DTrl-Aid Charitable Foundation. 8 Irwin Ave, U4Y tK9. Gay youth 
counselling and street work. 



Professional 



DAisociatlon of Gay Social Workert. Box 182. Sin 0. M4A 2N3 
Social work students welcome 

DGayj In Health Care. Box 7806, Stn A, l^5W 1X7 920-1882. In- 
cludes nurses, physicians, medical students and psychologists, 
[DToronto Lambda Business Council. Box 513, Adelaide St Stn, 
M5C 2J6 



Religious 



I IChut2pah. Se« Social/political action lisllngs. 

[J Dignity/Toronto. Box 249. Sin E. M6H 4E2. 960-3997. Group for 

gay and lesbian Catholics and Iriends. 

' I Integrity/Toronto. Box 873, Stn F, M4Y 2N9, Pastoral ministry 

for gay and lesbian Anglicans and friends 487-7406 Chaplains 

available for pastoral counselling through this number 

' ^Lutherans Concerned, c/o Edward Schlauch. 980 Broadview 

Ave. Apt 2309. M4K 3Y1 , 463-7354 (David or James) Support 



and lellowship for gay and lesbian Lutherans and their friends 
DMetropolitan Community Church. 730 Balhurst SI. M5S 2R4 
532-2333 Christian church with special ministry to gay commun- 
ity, 

DThe Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Drawer OPI. c/o TBP. Box 
7289, Stn A. M5W 1X9, 

DSplrit. 730 Balhurst St. M5S 2R4. 743-8948 or 482-181 7 Sup- 
port group for gay and lesbian Salvationists and Iriends 
DToronto Organization of United Church Homosexuals. Box 626 
SInQ, M4T 1L0 



Sports 



DCabbagetown Group Softball League . Box 42. Stn L. M6E 4Y4. 

863-0438, 

DFront Runners Toronto. Box 8. Adelaide St Stn. MSC 2H8 Gay 

men and women's running club, 

DGay Amateur Sport Association. 407-100 Gloucester SI. 

M4Y 1M1, 921-2647 Team sports, 

DJudy Garland Memorial Bowling League. Info bulletin boards in 

Buddy's. Dudes, The Barn or Boots, Sept-May season, 

DOut and Out Club. Box 331 . Sin F. M4Y 2L7 927-0970, Outdoor 

activities for gay people. Include phone number, 

DRiverdale Volleyball League. Sept-April season Info at Dudes. 

Buddy's and Albany Tavern. 

Publications/information 

DAction! Irregular publication ol Right to Privacy Committee, 730 
Balhurst SI, M5S 2R4, 924-4523, 
DThe Body Politic. Box 7289, Stn A. M5W 1X9 977-6320. 
DCanadian Gay Archives. Box 639. Stn A. M5W 1G2 977-6320. 
D Circuit. 1 • 1 34 Carlton St. MSA 2K1 , 922-0878 (editorial) or 
964-1957 (business), "Toronto's magazine of eros and entertain- 
ment," Free distribution or by subscription 



Phone counselling lines 

DLesbian Phoneline: 960-3249. Tues 

7:30-10:30 pm. 

DLesbian & Gay Youth Toronto: 533-2867 

Mon, Wed. Fri, Sat. 7-10:30 pm. 
DSpouses of Gays: 967-0597. Wed and 
Thurs 6:30-8:30 pm. 

DToronto Area Gays (TAG): 964-6600. Mon- 
Sat 7-10:30 pm. Counselling, info. 



DGay Community Calendar. Call 923-GAYS Box 8. Adelaide St 

Stn. MSC 2H8, 24 hour recorded message ol weekly events. To get 

info listed call 656-0372 between 7-10 pm Mondays, 

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28/THE BODY POLITIC 



MARCH 1983 



Bod^UHc 



THERE'S No Life Like It, 
SAYS THE Canadian Armed Forces. 
Maybe. But if youre gay, there may 

BE No Life IN It AT ALL 



UNFIT 




SEIMCE 



Hummertime in northern Ontario and the 
living is easy. Fifty young reserves and 
regular members of the Canadian Armed 
Forces are on a training course. The train- 
ing is finished and gone are the worries 
about having good aim on the rifle range. The drinking 
begins. 

For three days they slump in steel shacks and drink, 
but finally it's the night before puUout. When C, an 
unhandsome but physically appealing nineteen-year- 
old from Toronto, steps outside and into the woods to 
take a leak, someone follows. He stands next to C, who 
glances over and sees a hard cock. "You wanna take 
care of this?" he asks C, who laughs but obliges. 

An innocent jaunt in the woods but enough to get 
you booted out of the forces. The Canadian miUtary, 
you see, spends a lot of time and money trying to keep 
the ranks wholly heterosexual. So last year over a hun- 
dred lesbians and gay men were found and got rid of, 
most by internal secret police innocuously called the 
Special Investigation Unit (SIU). 

The unfortutiates could expect to be followed on 
base and off, subjected to arbitrary search and seizure, 
and humiliated by such questions as: "Do you swallow 
come when you suck cocks?" (There's a different ver- 
sion for women, of course. See box, page 32.) 

Captain Norbert Cyr, an information officer at the 
Department of National Defence in Ottawa, admits 
that military personnel suspected of being gay are sub- 
jected to "police-type" questioning. "If you're on the 
receiving end it can be unpleasant," he observes. 

The no-gay regulation is outlined in Canadian Forces 
Administration Order 19-20: "If a person subject to the 
Code of Service Discipline becomes aware or suspects 
that a member of the Canadian Forces is homosexual... 
he shall report the matter to the commanding officer... 
Service policy docs not allow homosexual members to 
be retained in the CF." 

The men who run the military see gay people as a 



An ARTICLE BY Glenn Wheeler 



threat to the force and the Canadian state. The 
possibility of blackmail is often mentioned, for exam- 
ple. "Such persons are still, in our society, subject to 
blackmail, either directly or indirectly, because of a 
partner," wrote Admiral Robert Falls, then chief of 
defence staff, in a 1979 letter to Gordon Fairweather, 
chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights 
Commission. 

There's also a fear that heterosexuals wouldn't join 
if lesbians and gay men were members. "There is the 
serious question of the image of the Canadian forces in 
the eyes of the public," Falls wrote. "This is of direct 
concern to me since the maintenance of a volunteer 
force depends to a great deal on how that force is 
viewed by potential recruits and their relatives and 
friends." 




And, my God, think of the parents. They'd be afraid 
to have their children venture anywhere near a 
recruiting office. Wrote Falls: "My personal view is 
that the majority of Canadians are not prepared to ac- 
cept the idea of homosexuals in the forces, and they 
would not see such an organization as a suitable 
environment for their sons and daughters." 

Forces spokesmen also say they're worried about the 
safety of lesbians and gay men themselves. They might 
get bashed, Norbert Cyr says. And that would be dis- 
ruptive. "It is considered," Cyr reads from a defence 
department policy manual, "that because of the unique 
demands of forces life, which includes enforced prox- 
imity of persons in ships and isolated units in barracks, 
that condoning homosexual behaviour would create 
conflicts in interpersonal behaviour, which would 
affecfmorale and have a detrimental effect on forces 
operational efficiency." 

Canadian military personnel are often called upon to 
serve in other parts of the world and for legal reasons, 
Admiral Falls says, there are some countries where gay 
people couldn't be sent. "A substantial number of 
military personnel serve outside the country: under UN, 
NORAD and NATO auspices, or in Canadian missions 
throughout the world," Falls explained in his letter to 
Fairweather. "In a great many cases homosexuals 
would be ineligible for such service because of the laws 
or social mores of the host country. Such limitations on 
the employment of homosexuals are a fact of life...." 

The perennial excuse of the potential for blackmail is 
especially irksome. Blackmail, of course, wouldn't be 
possible if the administrative orders didn't outlaw gay 
sexuality. And despite their paranoia, the Canadian 
forces still can't point to a case of a gay member having 
compromised national security. 

Herbert Sutcliffc says he would have gone to his 
commanding officer if someone had tried to blackmail 
him when he was working in counlcrinlcllipcncc lor the 
Canadian army during the '40s and '50s. .As it turned 



MARCH 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/29 



out, however, it was police in Washing- 
ton, DC who went to Major Sutcliffe's 
bosses, but not because he'd done wrong. 

It was 1961 and Sutcliffe was being 
posted to the Pentagon to help the 
Americans catch spies. He'd been out 
drinking, sampling the night Hfe and 
mingling with his new colleagues. He 
stopped into a gay watering hole on the 
way back to his hotel and found a man 
in the next urinal making suggestive ges- 
tures. "Come with me," the man said, 
and Sutcliffe did. To the police station. 
Washington police contacted the Royal 
Canadian Mounted Police and Sutcliffe 
was suddenly a civilian again. 

Unlike the defence department, the 
rest of the Canadian government is no 



longer preoccupied with the possiblity of 
blackmail of its homosexual employees. 
Then Solicitor General Francis Fox, for 
example, said in a 1977 letter to the Na- 
tional Gay Rights Coalition that "an 
individual's sexual orientation does not 
prevent that individual from obtaining 
employment in the Federal Government 
or from obtaining a security clearance." 

Prime Minister Trudeau concurred: 
"Mr Fox has indicated... sexual orienta- 
tion does not represent a bar to employ- 
ment in the Federal Government at 
large, or indeed to the granting of secur- 
ity clearance. I can only emphasize his 
assurance that there is no government 
policy, either overt or covert, of discrim- 
ination against homosexuals." (Empha- 



sis is Trudeau's.) But Trudeau also said 
the defence department's policy was 
made necessary by "a security problem 
which the government in carrying out its 
responsibilities has to take into con- 
sideration." 

Sutcliffe, then, might have the same 
employer now as he had in 1961 if he'd 
been working for the Department of 
Fisheries. 

The implication in Falls's reasoning is 
that gay people are less able than straight 
men and women to abide the laws of 
other countries. Does the defence de- 
partment, for example, balk at the post- 
ing of women to misogynist countries in 
the Moslem world, or worry about pas- 
sionate personnel who kiss their spouses 



Taking the forces to court 



The only Canadian to take the armed 
forces to court over its discrimination 
against lesbians and gay men signed up at 
Trois Rivieres, Quebec, on May 5, 1969. 
Seven years later, in Lahr, West Ger- 
many, Jacques Gallant was called before 
his commanding officer and told he was 
being investigated as a "sexual deviate." 

Both the medical officer and psychia- 
trist who inter\iewed Gallant recom- 
mended he be retained, a fact Gallant 
noted when he appealed his discharge to 
the Federal Court of Canada. Gallant 
said his actions in no way scandalized the 
forces or impaired his ability to perform 
his duties. And if he'd been allowed to 
present a defence in French, he said, he 
could have put forward arguments to 
prove his case. 

The Department of National Defence 
didn't bother with the facts, arguing in- 
stead that the Court had no jurisdiction 
in the matter. The justices agreed: "A 
person who joins the Forces enters into a 
unilateral commitment in return for 
which the Queen assumes no obligations," 
wrote Mr Justice Marceau in the 1978 
decision. "Relations between the Queen 
and Her military personnel, as such, in no 
way give rise to a remedy in the civil 
courts." 

Gallant had found out the hard way 
that lesbians and gay men in the Cana- 
dian army are legally helpless. 

Which is why the Canadian Human 
Rights Commission could do nothing 
when Darl Wood, hating her new civilian 
life and missing the lover she left behind, 
ended up on its doorstep three years ago. 
Wood doesn't know how the forces 
learned she was a lesbian, but was dis- 
missed after cracking during interroga- 
tion by two SIU officers. 

Hugh McKervill of the commission's 
Halifax office could give her emotional 
support, but nothing more. "If it inter- 
fered with their work that would be one 
thing," he .says. "But we can't see where 
it's required that a man or a woman be 
heterosexual to carry out the functions of 
the military or any other force." But the 
Canadian Armed Forces is well within its 
rights. And though the commission tries 
an informal "good offices" approach 
where there is no law broken but an in- 
justice appears to have occurred, McKer- 
vill says that doesn't work with the 
forces. 

Svend Robinson, the brash Member of 
Parliament from Burnaby, BC who.se 
vociferous demands for gay rights are 
part of the reason he's no longer the New 
Democratic Party's justice critic, plans to 
bring the matter before the government's 
standing committee on justice and legal 
affairs. "It's a rather sad commentary on 
the military that a person can be hon- 



oured for killing but is discharged merely 
for loving." 

Robinson can take some cheer from 
advances being made in the United 
States, where a man and woman recently 
won appeals of their dismissals. In the 
first case, the army tried to dismiss 
Miriam ben Shalom because she's a les- 
bian. They weren't, however, able to pro- 
vide evidence of ben Shalom having sex 
with women. Wisconsin District Court 
ruled the dismissal unconstitutional 
because it had violated ben Shalom's first 
amendment liberties. The court said the 
army cannot release someone simply 
because of a personality trait: "It is only 
when one's personality, no matter how 
bizarre or potentially dangerous, actually 
manifests itself in unlawful conduct that 
the government may intercede in an ef- 
fort to control the personality or restrict 
its manifestations." 

Unfortunately, ben Shalom's victory 
was in a lower court and may be over- 
turned. It was also a lower court which 
ruled that Sgt Perry Watkins, 34, should 
be given another six-year enlistment. US 
District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein 
said the army's contention that its enlist- 
ment personnel hadn't known Watkins 
was gay was "patently absurd." Watkins, 
of Tacoma, Washington, had been open 
about his sexuality ever since his pre- 
induction physical examination in 1967. 
And during an investigation in 1968, he 
admitted to the Army Criminal Division 
that he'd had sex with two servicemen. 
But it's only now that they've decided 
they want him to go. 

Watkins says the Army was glad 
enough to have him at the height of the 
Vietnam War, "When they want you bad 
enough," he says, "they'll overlook (the 
fact that you're gay)." He's now looking 
forward to military retirement and full 
benefits in 1988, after twenty years as 
aGI. 

The lower court judgments are uneven 
and, in some cases, even confiicting, but 
the United States Supreme Court has yet 
to rule on the issue. Still, important work 
has been done. The American Civil Liber- 
ties Union (ACLU) is involved in the 
financing and arguing of a half dozen 
cases of gay people being thrown out of 
the army. 

"There's a kind of ideological mix-up 
here," says Susan McGreavy of the ACLU 
in Los Angeles. "We used to help draft 
resisters because we are philosophically 
opposed to the military." 

Chicago lawyer Joe Schuman, who 
besides representing gays excluded from 
the army has just written a pamphlet for 
gay men facing the draft, is in a similar , 
situation. "I'm a socialist," he says, "but 
what I'm doing is fighting for the right of 
gay people to participate in imperialism. 



It's difficult for us to relate to (gay people 
in the military) but everyone should have 
the right to join." 

That philosophical tension is perhaps 
one reason lesbians and gay men around 
the world haven't made more advances 
against the military. For it's a fact that in 
most nations military personnel are 
known to be homophobic, while gay 
activists are usually anti-militaristic. 

"Alot of us feel very ambivalent," 
says Jill Clark, who writes on this subject 
for Boston's Gay Community News. "If 
I could choose an area to report on, it 
sure as hell wouldn't be the military." 
She adds, however, "1 know that in many 
cases the military is the only place for 
some people, especially women, to get 
any kind of decent job." 

Clark and other activists were per- 
turbed when Leonard Matlovich, the red- 
haired sergeant who got his face on the 
cover of Time, accepted $I60,0(X) from 
the air force in return for ending his fight 
for re-enlistment. Matlovich, who re- 
ceived a Bronze Star and Purple Heart 
for his performance in Vietnam, hadn't 
waited to get kicked out. He had told his 
superiors he was gay. After years of legal 
wrangling, a move by the District of Col- 
umbia Court of Appeal in 1978 to order 
the air force to re-enlist him was dropped 
because of the cash settlement. 

The situation in Canada, with none of 
the court successes of the States, is even 
more discouraging. Blair Johnston, who 
spent ten years in the Canadian Armed 
Forces and is now vice-president of Gays 
of Ottawa, says political contradictions 
and disagreements are partly the reason. 

"Left-leaning gay activists look at the 
military and see homosexuals, not gays," 
Johnston says. "But that's because a gay 
person is not allowed to have an identity 
in the armed forces. Both sides have 
problems in terms of facing society and 
dealing with pressure from homophobes. 
The group in the military suffers from a 
lack of awareness of what it is to be gay. 
The other group sometimes has so much 
awareness they're not able to see some 
things." 

Monique Hebert, a researcher at the 
Library of Parliament in Ottawa, put the 
matter in bleak, bureaucratic terms in a 
report last summer. "In contrast to the 
American i^fituation, the Canadian courts 
have yet to improve the lot of the homo- 
sexual serviceman," she wrote. 

"...That will be long in coming, partic- 
ularly if the (Canadian) courts continue 
to uphold seemingly arbitrary military 
regulations on the basis that they serve 'a 
valid federal objective.' If this test does 
survive a challenge under the Charter of 
Rights and Freedoms, homosexual ser- 
vicemen can only expect to have their lot 
improved if it is deemed expedient to do 
so by the government. 

"The end result is similar in both 
cases: the military's special needs will 
prevail." D 



in public being sent to Iran? 

There was a time, of course, when 
women weren't allowed to join the Can- 
adian forces because the men in charge 
worried about their ability to fulfill ser- 
vice requirements. Now there are thou- 
sands of women in the forces, even in 
isolated posts and onboard ships. Wor- 
ries about men and women serving in 
close proximity have come to naught. 

Similar worries about gay people are 
being proven to be just as silly. When 
Stephane Sirard, for example, lost his 
job with the military police at CFB Corn- 
wallis in Nova Scotia, the men and 
women he worked with helped in his 
unsuccessful fight to stay in the forces. 

Sirard, from New Liskeard, Ontario, 
joined in November, 1979, and was told 
in August, 1981 that he'd get an acceler- 
ated promotion to corporal. Before that 
could happen, however, the ubiquitous 
SIU spotted Sirard leaving the Turret, a 
gay bar in Halifax. He was discharged 
on March 14, 1982. 

Several of Sirard's supervisors wrote 
letters on his behalf. While he was pack- 
ing, his shift supervisor told him to fight 
his dismissal. And two dozen military 
policemen, most of whom knew why he 
was leaving, came to a farewell party. 

Sirard had been discreet: he says he 
never had sex on base, going instead to 
the Turret on the weekends. He never 
learned how the SIU found out he's gay 
but suspects someone who resented his 
meteoric career rise picked up on bits of 
gossip and went to his superiors. 

Because the informants aren't re- 
quired to present evidence with their 
allegations, there's much opportunity 
for majicious gossip. That's what hap- 
pened in Argentia, Newfoundland, 
where Master Corporal Gloria Cameron 
was dismissed on July 2, 1977. 

There were thirty-three Canadian 
forces women working at the United 
States naval base in the town, eighty 
miles across the Avalon Peninsula from 
St John's. Cameron was one of twelve 
lesbians who regularly had parties with 
six gay men in a nearby cabin in the 
woods. Things went fine until two of the 
women decided to have an informal 
marriage ceremony. Major Bernard 
Hogan found out and called in SIU offi- 
cers from Maritime Command in Hali- 
fax. Cameron lost her job in the purge 
that followed. 

"I wanted to stay in the forces so 
bad," says Cameron, who's now back in 
Kitchener, Ontario. "I liked my job. I 
belonged there. But I guess I'd known 
from the beginning what their position 
was on gay people. I'd always lived with 
the fear of being found out. I suppose I 
always felt I'd eventually get caught. It's 
not a very good way to live. I was really 
nervous and afraid but I wanted to stay 
in the forces." 

The passing on of rumours through 
informants that likely let military brass 
in on Cameron's secret is one form of 
homophobia. But there are nastier — 
and more dangerous — forms, as J 
found out in Ottawa two years ago. 

It began in a bar on base. J, an eight- 
een-year-old from Antigonish, Nova 
Scotia, was accused by another woman 
of making a pass at her boyfriend (it was 
really the boyfriend who'd proposi- 
tioned J). There was an unpleasant scene 
and J left for the barracks and bed. 

"Angle came and woke me," J re- 
calls. "She asked me to step outside and 
she and another straight woman started 
pushing and punching while everyone 
else stood by and watched. No one tried 
to stop it." J was finally able to limp 
back to her bunk, fingering her bruises 
and licking the blood off her lips. 

The two women went to the military 



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MARCH 1983 




MARCH 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/31 



Interrogation: 
trapped & alone 



Darl Wood started writing about her life 
in the Canadian Armed Forces as soon as 
her superiors discovered she was a lesbian 
and kicked her out five years ago. She 
still lives in Halifax, where she writes and 
is active in the feminist movement. The 
following piece about her interrogation 
by the forces' Special Investigative Unit is 
an excerpt from a book-in-progress. 



Across the road is a while building. A 
Special Investigation Unit. Two men 
escort Carri there and ask her to wait. 
The room is small with a padded door, 
soundproof. It is empty except for a table 
and three chairs, the pale square ones 
with straight backs that make you sit still. 
Carri sits with her hands clasped Hke a 
grade-school student anticipating the 
blows from a teacher's ruler. She waits. 

Please Jesus, take away the numbness, 
I can't breathe. She whispers to the intan- 
gible deity, drawing strength from a past 
belief; it doesn't matter to her at this 
point if it's real or imaginary. One of the 
men asks if she wants a woman present 
while being questioned. 

"It is your right to have someone with 
you — a woman." This is the first time 
she is aware someone has come back into 
the room. She wants to spit the words 
back at them. Rights! 1 have none that 
count now. 

"Eh... no... no, thank you, I don't 
think so." It would be too embarrassing. 
She doesn't really know what to say yet, 
they make her feel shameful. 

"When did you first know you were a 
lesbian?" They want to know, two men 
interrogating her about her sex life. 

What are they saying, can they ask 
questions like that? They do, over and 
over; she desperately needs to challenge 
their right to do this, but doesn't, intimi- 
dated. "Look, what do you want from 
me, I've already told you that I'm gay." 
It's futile, an outburst of childlike defi- 
ance without authority. 

It's not enough, they want details: 
when, where, even how; tribadism, digi- 
tal manipulation, on and on repeating the 
same questions over and over until she 
wants to scream. She feels dizzy. Not 
understanding half of what they ask. 
They explain; a blushing warmth washes 
through her. Christ, 1 feel like I'm going 
to be sick. 

"Are you sure Sergeant Adams is the 
first woman you've made love to?" 

"Yes." 

"Is she the only woman in the Service 
you've been involved with?" 

"Yes, the only one, I've already told 
you that a dozen times." 

They change the direction of their 
questioning abruptly. "Do you know 
what cunnilingus is?" 

"Yes," she closes her eyes and hesitates 
answering, "I know what it means." 

"Did you perform it on her?" 

"Yes... no... I don't know, ...no." 
Utter confusion. 

"Did she do it to you?" The room 
becomes a deadweight of quiet. This is 
degrading, she refuses to answer. Bas- 
tards, leave me alone, please Jesus, make 
them just leave me alone. For the first 
time she wants to cry, feeling trapped and 
alone, but she is angry now too, so she 
stares past the men to regain composure. 
She contemplates asking them if they are 
enjoying their sport, do they get their 
rocks off on it? Why are they harassing 




Darl Wood, kicked out of the forces five years ago: 

'No longer a person, labelled now, a sexual DEVIATE' 



me and why am I complying? She says 
nothing, continuing to stare past them 
through the bars she imagines to be on 
the windows. Do they think I will attack 
the first woman that comes along or 
molest a child? Stop it Carri, or you'll go 
crazy. This is ludicrous. Why in the name 
of Christ am I allowing myself to be 
cowed like this? 

Group sex, lesbian circles, whips and 
chains — what are they saying now? A 
low stified whine escapes her arid throat. 
What do they think I am? She raises her 
eyes to them slowly. Are they serious? 
They are. She can't help herself, she burst 
out into a tense laugh, not into tears. 
She's gradually becoming aware of the 
insanity of the situation. Shocked into 
regaining a sense of perspective she tells 
them point blank, "I'm not going to 
answer any more personal questions." 

They try more subtle questions. She 
thinks this perverse and tells them that. 
They warn her that if she knows of any 



other persons in the Forces that are 
homosexual it would be better if she told 
them now, they would hate for it to come 
out later. Whatever that means, she pon- 
ders this mild threat, and is infuriated 
that she has been such a complete ass, 
giving away too much of herself and not 
knowing just how it came about. 

They tell her it is necessary for her to 
sign a statement admitting to her devia- 
tion. No longer a person, labelled now, a 
sexual deviate — god that sounds gross. 
She glowers at them, her eyes narrow try- 
ing to identify with their concept. 
Deviant, a quote from the Queen's Regu- 
lations and Orders. She also has to prom- 
ise that she will not tell anyone anything 
she has learned since joining the Forces. 
She assumes they mean the Soviets, as if 
she knew anything they didn't already 
know. Shit, me a security risk, all of a 
sudden I'm fucking dangerous to nation- 
al security because I happen to enjoy hav- 
ing sex with the woman I love.D 



police the next day and explained they 
had bashed J because she was a lesbian. 
As far as J knows, no action was taken 
against the two women. She, however, 
was kicked out of the forces. 

R had an equally humiliating and 
painful experience while he was serving 
in West Germany with the Royal Cana- 
dian Air Force during the early '50s. He 
and a man from Quebec, who R still 
thinks was gay, were visiting a German 
family who lived near the base. After 
having a good time and drinking a lot, R 
took his friend out to the family's car 
and gave him a blow job. After it was 
over, the man wasn't as pleased as R 
with what had happened and the two got 
into a vicious argument. R left and went 
back to base. 

Two military policemen came to his 
bunk the next morning. Although R 
didn't admit during the interrogation 
that he's gay he was charged with inde- 
cent assault and later sentenced to thirty 
days in jail. 

"What I remember most vividly is the 
way I was mocked and ridiculed by 
people after they found out I was gay," 
R says. "I was made to get down and 
lick an imaginary piece of dirt off the 
fioor. Prisoners ridiculed me, too, and 
some of them were gay. ' ' 

But Darl Wood (see box) says most 
men and women in the Canadian Armed 
Forces don't care about the sexuality of 
their fellow soldiers. "The only tension 
is created by the forces themselves, by 
pressuring people to inform on anyone 
even suspected of being gay," she says. 

That, however, provides enough fer- 
tile ground for the growth of severe 
homophobia. The problem was poig- 
nantly brought home to Darryl Kippen 
of Winnipeg when he was nineteen and 
taking basic training in Cornwallis in 
1976. Kippen knew when he joined he 
was gay but didn't know it mattered 
these days. After all, they don't ask at 
the recruiting office. 

One of Kippen's instructors was Ser- 
geant McGinnes. "He told us during 
class that the armed forces is no place 
for queers and that if anyone was 
approached by a queer they should get a 
bunch of the guys, take him into the bar- 
racks and beat the shit out of him. 
McGinnes said he'd put in his report 
that the guy fell down the stairs." Kip- 
pen decided, not surprisingly, that he 
would not have sex with other forces 
men. Three years later, however, the 
forces did find out he was gay and 
kicked him out. 

The military believes gay people have 
to be gotten rid of and that the end justi- 
fies the means: denial of basic human 
rights, harassment and humiliation. 
Sadly, the defence department is confi- 
dent the new Charter of Rights won't 
force an end to the discrimination. 

So another hundred or more lesbians 
and gay men will be thrown out of the 
Canadian Armed Forces in 1983 and, 
like Stephane Sirard, will be left to 
wonder why they weren't just allowed to 
do their jobs. 

"When you enjoy the work you're do- 
ing you get some kind of satisfaction," 
Sirard says. "And I enjoyed the police 
work very much. I'd do anything to be 
able to do it again." 

But many gay people who want to join 
the military for whatever reason — to 
have a steady job or to serve Canada — 
are still prepared to take their chances. 
C, for example, left the reserves in 1981 
because the pay was too poor and the 
work was too hard. Now he thinks he'll 
join the regular forces. The pay is not 
bad, he says, and, after all, there's no 
Hfelikeit.D 

Glenn Wheeler is a freelance writer living in 
Toronto. 



32rrHE BODY POLITIC 



MARCH 1983 



Michael RiORDON CHALLENGES 

Authority with Gay-Lesbian Action 

FOR Disarmament 



CRUISING 




PEACE 



D 



E 



hink of the conflict of in- 
terest a gay man faces in a 
peace march when the song 
comes up, "We shall not, 
we shall not be cruised." 
We're not the only special interest group 
the politicians and the generals have 
stolen from in their attempts to euph- 
emize the business of nuclear war. What 
is a doctor to think when a politician 
says, "First we'll launch a surgical strike 
against the Soviet Union." Or an actor 
when a general says quite seriously, 
"We're prepared to fight a limited-thea- 
tre nuclear war in Europe." Theatre? 
Who's going to be the audience? But 
worst of all from our point of view is 
what they've done with "cruise." 

A cruise missile could fit, without 
badly disrupting things, into the smallest 
gay bar. It's a pilotless jet plane fifteen 



to twenty feet long, a few feet in diam- 
eter. With a nuclear, chemical or biolog- 
ical warhead it skims the earth's surface 
less than a hundred feet above the 
ground to its target. That's lower than 
any current radar can detect. A member 
of Reagan's nuclear family, the cruise is 
designed to be a first-strike weapon, ie, 
not to defend against nuclear war but to 
start it. The nuclear warhead it carries 
has a destructive power fifteen times 
that of the US A-bombs that flattened 
Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. But 
what makes the cruise such an ingenious 
machine is a sophisticated onboard com- 
puter guidance system that lets the mis- 
sile negotiate the earth's natural and 
human-made obstacles. This clever 
"brain" is made here in Canada, in a 
Toronto suburb, by skilled non-union 
workers in a factory owned by Litton 
Systems Canada. 
Before dawn of Remembrance Day 



1982, several hundred people converge 
in buses at each end of a public road 
leading to the factory compound of Lit- 
ton Systems Canada. Among them are a 
dozen gay men who've recently formed a 
group called Gays for Life. They are 
participating in the fifth human block- 
ade of Litton. At the previous one, on 
Hiroshima Day in August, twenty-three 
people were arrested for trespassing. 
This time a hundred and fifty are pre- 
pared to break the law. They had 
planned to block with their bodies as 
many entrances to the Litton compound 
as they could for as long as they could. 
They wanted to make it difficult for per- 
sonnel or material to enter or leave. 
Under a cold drizzle the resisters are 
stopped by three hundred police on 
foot, on horseback, in cars, vans and 
buses. It is the largest police operation in 




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Canada since the invocation of the War 
Measures Act in 1970. Before Remem- 
brance Day, the largest had been the 
Toronto bath raids in 1981 . Now, at 
seven a.m., half the gay men, identified 
by large pink triangles sewn to black 
armbands, sit down on the wet road next 
to the women's group. Women's Action 
for Peace, which includes lesbians. If the 
police won't let them blockade Litton, 
then they will blockade the police and 
the road. At stake here is not only war 
and peace, but who has power over 
whom. 

Hince November the mem- 
bers of Gays for Life have 
changed their group name 
to Gay-Lesbian Action for 
Disarmament — GLAD. 
They did not like the anti-abortion 
echoes in their first name. As of this 
writing the group consists of gay men 
ready to cooperate with lesbians who 
have similar goals. They share an im- 
pulse that has spread in a few years from 
a few patient, dedicated "peaceniks" 
who have been at it forever into a vast 
movement that transcends nation, class, 
gender, religion and sexual orientation. 
Well, almost. For the moment the urg- 
ency of the cause preoccupies most of 
the participants, so really destructive 
splits have been avoided. Gay men are in 
the peace movement for the same reason 
as everyone else — to survive. For the 
first time in human history our world is 
peopled by generations who are learning 
to doubt the future — not how good it 
will be, but whether it will be at all. 
More subtle but just as critical is the 
issue of power: who has it, who does not 
and what does that mean in terms of 
human survival and potential? 

Governments of the world currently 
spend US$600-650 billion a year to arm 
themselves against each other and 
against their own people. This "de- 
fence" includes nuclear explosive power 
equivale' • to three-and-a-half Cow^ of 
TNT for every person on earth. Last year 
750,000 people marched for peace at the 
UN in New York. Then the Reagan ad- 
ministration came out with plans to 
spend $1.6 trillion on war preparations 
over the next five years. Toronto's dis- 
armament referendum, the largest of 
more than one hundred thirty held in 
Canada last year, was consistent with the 
others in producing a 79.9% vote for 
multilateral disarmament. Yet the Cana- 
dian government — ie, the taxpayers — 
heavily subsidizes Litton to produce the 
cruise brain. A recent Gallup poll found 
the majority of Canadians oppose test- 
ing the cruise in Canada. (It was being 
tested in California, but so many 
crashed that the residents finally object- 
ed.) Still, the Minister of External Af- 
fairs continues to insist that public 
pressure won't stop him from signing 
the test agreement. 

Gay people are used to breaking the 
law. Some places we do it by having sex 
in a park, or before we're twenty-one, or 
with more than one partner. Some pla- 
ces we do it by having .sex under any cir- 
cumstances, some places by even think- 
ing about it. Usually our object is to get 
away with whatever we're trying to do; it 
costs too much if we're caught. Civil dis- 
obedience, on the other hand, involves a 
conscious decision to break the law 
openly, to challenge authority to its 
face. We do it when we march in the 
streets without a police permit, as we did 
after the bath raids. A group of men did 
it when they occupied Attorney General 
Roy McMurtry's office for several days. 
Another group did it when, in hand- 
cuffs, they protested from the Ontario 
legislature visitors' gallery our exclusion 



from the so-called Human Rights Code. 
Out of these last two actions came a 
group called NOVA, for non-violent 
action, and out of NOVA came GLAD, 
Gay-Lesbian Action for Disarmament. 

The members are a cross-section: a 
woodworker, an organist, a civil ser- 
vant, a potter, a student, a microbiol- 
ogist, a youth worker. Several are mem- 
bers of Dignity, the gay Catholic organ- 
ization. The peace movement is full of 
Catholics, from conservative (eg, on 
abortion) to radical (rarely on abortion). 
At stake for them is the authority of 
their god, or more precisely their own 
natural authority, as received from their 
god, versus the unnatural accumulation 
of power vested in presidents, prime 
ministers, generals, chairmen of the 
board and, not infrequently, cardinals 
and popes. Standing behind the activists 
on this issue, for once, are the US Cath- 
olic bishops. Their astonishing pastoral 
letter says among other things, "We do 
not perceive any situation in which the 
deliberate initiation of nuclear warfare, 
on however restricted a scale, can be 
morally justified." Secretary of Defense 
Caspar Weinberger has called the bish- 
ops "dangerous." It's easy to see what's 
at stake for him. Not only has the dehb- 
erate initiation of nuclear war been an 
integral and admitted part of US policy 
since the early '70s, but also the poli- 
ticians and militarists have come very 
close to completely disconnecting the 
question of morality from what they 
hoped would be a strictly strategic mat- 
ter, therefore their exclusive domain. 

The members of GLAD aren't particu- 
larly unusual people. They have sex, 
make love, form intimate relationships 
with other men. Like the rest of us they 
were brought up to recognize and res- 
pect power. Like the rest of us they 
know it's good to obey, bad to disobey 
authority. All of them to varying degrees 
are afraid of breaking the law, afraid of 
jail, afraid of the police. At the same 
time they recognize that the "authori- 
ties" are leading us all like lemmings to 
the cliffs. So they're learning not to fol- 
low, but to disobey. In a world where 
most adults "consent" to be governed 
by criminals and fools, GLAD is trying to 
give some meaning to the term "con- 
senting adults." 

Laszlo Kertosz is a dancer. Or he was. 
Now he wants to do something else, in 
New York. He can't leave Canada until 
after his trial for resisting an officer on 
Remembrance Day. "When I get called 
a name on the street, sometimes I want 
to hit them so they'll think twice about 
insulting me again. But I don't want to 
cultivate that, it's a bad habit. To be able 
to hit someone you have to be able to see 
them as less than human. That's how 
you get war." 

Paul Murphy is a practising Catholic. 
He works, when he can get work, as a 
church musician. One of his dreams for 
the peace movement is that it will devel- 
op songs that ordinary people can actu- 
ally sing. "I'm working for disarmament 
and for gay rights because I have a par- 
ticular vision — a world in which people 
aren't coerced into doing or being 
anything. I hear the argument all the 
time that we have to defend our faith or 
our way of life against the communists. 
But by killing them or even threatening 
to kill them we destroy our faith, our 
own beliefs. What's left to defend?" 

With an attitude like that, Paul chal- 
lenges the whole mass psychosis on 
which Western (ie, US) "defence" pol- 
icy has depended since World War II. US 
leaders have openly threatened at least 
twelve times since 1945 to defend with 
nuclear weapons not just the United 
States but US interests (eg, oil in the Per- 



MARCH 1983 






Remembrance Day, 1982: "By the end of the day 62 people have been arrested, the youngest is 14, the oldest in her late eos' 



sian GulO- The US has made every 
major technological advance in weapons 
of mass destruction ahead of the USSR. 
Said Secretary of Defense Weinberger to 
Congress on the balance of power in 
1982: "I would not for a moment ex- 
change anything, because we have an 
immense edge in technology." And the 
US remains the only nation on earth ac- 
tually to have used nuclear weapons 
against civilian populations. Despite all 
this, North American and European pol- 
iticians are still able to convince large — 
though diminishing — portions of their 
people that communism is the major 
threat to world peace. 

A similar mass conditioning impedes 
our struggle for gay liberation. Despite 
all evidence to the contrary, enough 
people can still be fooled into believing 
we pose a threat to children, to the holy 
family, to heterosexuality that we can 
still be denied the most basic human 
rights. Essentially the same surprisingly 
few people keep getting away with and 
banking on the same great lies, which 
allow them to hold power over a supris- 
ingly large number of people. They suc- 
ceed mainly because the majority don't 
know — don't want to know? — that 
it's happening. Among the beneficiaries 
of this sleight of hand are fundamental- 
ist leaders. Both .sexuality and peace arc 
ideal issues for them, hard to grapple 
with, easy to mystify. The Plain Truth, a 
glossy fundamentalist magazine from 
California, features articles on sexual 
diseases, the virtues of free enterprise. 



family life, the "red tide" of commun- 
ism in Central America, the end of the 
world. "The good news is that humanity 
is not doomed! God will intervene and 
forcibly stop man at the last possible 
moment from destroying himself." It's a 
classic message: sit back, do as we tell 
you, trust in higher authority and you'll 
be saved. The others will get what they 
deserve. Doesn't it all sound familiar? 
David Collins is a gay peace activist. 
Leafletting workers at Litton — this has 
been done every week for the last two- 
and-a-half years — asking them to con- 
sider making something other than 
cruise missile guidance systems, David is 
often taunted, "Get a job!" They don't 
,know that he works longer hours than 
they do, for disarmament and social 
change, two things he regards as insepar- 
able. Sometimes he's paid for his work. 
It costs in other ways. He was arrested 
again on Remembrance Day at Litton. 
He expects to spend some of his life in 
prison for his beliefs. "When 1 think of 
the future I know I'm operating in a 
short time frame. My friends and house- 
mates give me a lot of support, but when 
people have offered to deepen relation- 
ships, there can't be anyone I'm so close 
to that I couldn't leave them. It scares 
me sometimes, but 1 know it's the way 
the rest of my life is going to be." 

• 
In the November afternoon, determined 
to get closer to Litton, eighteen of the 
resisters not yet arrested try to cross a 
highway fence near the compound. 



Some are clubbed to the ground, others 
pushed by police back onto the highway. 
Half are arrested, including at least two 
gay men. By the end of the day sixty-two 
people have been arrested. The youngest 
is fourteen, the oldest in her late sixties. 

That night, as he was being finger- 
printed, Paul Murphy recognized a fold- 
ed paper crane, a Japanese peace sym- 
bol, on a desk in the police station. He'd 
left it there after being arrested during a 
previous Litton blockade. One of the de- 
tectives said to him, "You people should 
change the image of your movement so 
people like me would get involved. Now 
all you've got are these undesirables — 
communists, gay activists, weird hair- 
dos." Paul pointed to his pink triangle. 
"I'm a gay activist. Am I undesirable?" 
"Not you, but the others, yes." At 
another station a policeman asked Rich- 
ard Woollard, doing jail support work, 
what the pink triangle on his armband 
meant. "The gay peace group," Richard 
answered, "Oh," said the policeman. To 
help, Richard added, "Ask 52 Division. 
They know about gay people." 
Why is there a gay-lesbiati peace group 
when GLAD members could have joined 
a bewildering array of established 
groups in the movement? Some of its 
more progressive people not only wel- 
come us but actually appear to want to 
learn from our distinctive way of look- 
ing at and stuggling with the world. But 
the more common reaction gay men who 
arc open about their sexuality get is 
some variation of: "Well, now wc know. 



let's get on with the really important 
businessof saving the world." Or: 
"Why do you always have to bring that 
into every discussion? Why can't you 
just be, as we are?" It's very easy to get 
absorbed, without a trace. That's why 
there's a gay-lesbian peace group. 

Nineteen-eighty-three is the year 
cruise and Pershing missiles are to be in- 
stalled in Europe. No one can predict 
what will happen at the next blockade. It 
seems likely that a larger number of 
people than ever are prepared to break 
the law, to survive. It's planned for 
April 8, but it could be earlier. For time 
and place, check with your local police. 
They're busily acknowledging the phen- 
omenal growth of the peace movement 
by infiltrating and attacking it, the same 
way they acknowlege the gay movement 
or any other movement that challenges 
power. The arrest of suspected Litton 
bombers hasn't stopped harassment of 
open, non-violent groups and activists. 
All the parties in this struggle under- 
stand that power won by an individual 
or group represents power lost by anoth- 
er individual or group. The stakes 
couldn't be higher. 

Gay-Lesbian Action for Disarmament 
will be there. So, they hope, will you. ; 

GLAD may he contacted by writing Box 
5794. StnA. Toronto. ONM5W IP2. or by 
phoning (416) 921-1938. 

Michael Riortion is a Toronto freelancer who 
IS learnini; to disobey — easier said than 
done. 



MARCH 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/35 



0n Saturday, 20 November, 
this magazine's circulation 
team trucked around Tor- 
onto newsstands with the 
December issue, removing 
from the racks the preceding issue with its 
story about an AIDS patient called Fred. 
That same day, in Manhattan, Fred was 
receiving visitors in his Ninth Avenue 
apartment — his friend Michael, his 
family. Without speaking, saying good- 
bye. The next morning, he died. 

He had spent much of the last two 
months in the hospital, losing his 
strength but sustaining, perhaps even in- 
creasing, his scrappiness. Since the onset 
of AIDS more than a year before, Fred 
had made a sequence of firm decisions 
about his self-care. To the occasional 
consternation of Bruce, his lover, he 
chose seclusion; to the occasional con- 
sternation of his parents, he chose to re- 
main among his gay community. He 
chose to discuss with me the "health 
crisis" in New York and to give me the 
interviews that led to the 7"flP article. 
When in August he began losing his 
sight, he chose a constant diet of TV for 
amusement — and for other purposes. 
When in November he knew the end was 
near, he chose to return home from the 
hospital. Bruce was beyond doubt that, 
after these visits on Saturday, he chose 
the morning of his dying. 

Fred also chose silence for much of his 
last week; even that incessant television 
ended. "I like it when you're here," he 
once said to Bruce, "I don't have to talk 
to you." The silence was a refusal to say 
the wrong things, a way of stepping clear 
of the tensions that inevitably rose 
around him as his parents became in- 
creasingly distressed with his condition 
and his lover increasingly distressed with 
his parents. It was further, Bruce feels, a 
choice to wean his closest friends from 
his presence: a way of teaching us to let 
go as he himself was letting go. 

He could jolly well break silence when 
he wished. " Smile," he snapped wryly 
one day to Bruce as they sat together. 
"You're blind, how do you know I'm 
not smiling?" Bruce needled. ^'I know 
when you're not smiling," came the re- 
tort. In the last weeks at home a nurse 
was required. After a young male nurse, 
Fred's first choice, failed to work out, 
the agency sent a well-tested black 
woman from Brooklyn. Her name was 
Willadean. "You can call me Willie," 
she told him. Fred lamented how many 
new names he was having to learn. 
"Well then," she said, "call me Nurse." 
"I'll call you Maid," he replied, and she 
raised no objection. Even when he spoke 
to no one else, he answered Willie's 
arriving, "Good morning, dear," with a 
croaky, "Good morning. Maid." Maid 
was indispensible in these weeks when 
incontinence and delirium wracked him. 

On Saturday night, still without a 
word, he summoned his strength to lift 
an arm over Bruce, who was falling 
asleep beside him, in a long, hard-as- 
possible hug. Bruce wondered what he 
wanted, if he needed anything, and only 
later realized that this was not an asking 
but a giving. 

The next morning Bruce woke to hear 
him breathing fitfully. After trying to 
find a more comfortable position for 
him, Bruce showered, tidied the apart- 
ment, prepared for what he knew would 
be one of the last days. Fred now was ut- 
terly weak, a skin-and-bones echo of the 
vibrant thirty-three-year-old redhead 
Bruce had met sixteen months before. 
Now, every breath required a struggle. 
Bruce took his place at the bed and be- 
gan coaching, "Come on now, take a 
breath. Now, take another one," and 
depressed Fred's sternum to cue the ex- 



'1f Larry IN HIS ILLNESS 

AND DEATH BECAME DEARER TO us, 

BEING CLOSE TO HIM ALSO MADE HIS 

FRIENDS AND FAMILY DEARER 

TO EACH OTHER" 



TfflS 

SEEING 

THE SICK 

ENDEARS 

THEM 



BY Michael Lynch 



halations. It was 8:50. Maid was due in 
at nine, and Bruce began to fret for her 
arrival. He hesitated phoning the hospi- 
tal, fearing an inhumane fiurry of ambu- 
lances, emergency rooms, artificial res- 
pirators. At this moment, he desperately 
wanted Fred to live; but if death was at 
hand, he also wanted him to die there at 
home with the two of them together and 
touching. At five to nine he reached to 
phone Michael, their friend who lives 
nearby, but got no answer. Then the 
phone rang. "Hi, it's Michael, did you 
just call?" "Come," Bruce said. 
"Now." It was after this call, knowing 
(Bruce is certain) that Michael was on 
his way but with the two of them still 
alone together, that Fred breathed his 
last. Bruce closed his lover's eyes, 
straightened the illness-thinned body on 
the bed, arranged the covers and awaited 
Michael's arrival. 

Maid arrived too, and the next few 
hours involved many phone calls and 
visitors: the police ("Do you live here?" 
"Have you been with him all night?" 
"How long have you known him?" 
"How long was he sick?"); the medical 
Inspector ("If his doctor will sign the 
death certificate, we won't have to take 
him over to the morgue"); and Fred's 
family, who in turns kept watch over 
him in his bedroom. Intermittently, 
Bruce went in to assure himself that yes, 
it was ended. He saw over the drawn 
face with its now enormously bushy 
mustache a new ease. 

The funeral chapel was summoned, 
and during the next two days a strike by 
funeral directors provided comic incon- 
veniences. "Yesterday was like an 
Altman movie," Michael quipped on 
Tuesday, "today was like a rerun." 
There was no hearse, but a station 
wagon. The limousine drivers honoured 
the strike and would drive only to within 
two blocks of the chapel so the picketers 
wouldn't see them. (Bruce found a polit- 
ically incorrect gay limo service who'd 
drive them all the way.) Fred's brother's 
rabbi was busy, so Bruce's friend David 
summoned the rabbi who serves the con- 
gregation on Fire Island. "He was a mir- 



acle," Bruce recalled — winning the 
family with his warmth and assuring the 
friends with his gay honesty. 

Fred's parents granted Bruce the lead 
in the preparations for their son's funer- 
al, embracing him even further than they 
had before. They instructed the rabbi to 
recognize fully Bruce and Fred's rela- 
tionship in the eulogy. For parents who 
had had difficulty accepting their son's 
gayness as a public fact — and who, sit- 
ting shiva the next two nights still found 
it difficult to introduce Bruce to their 
friends as Fred's "lover" — it was a 
giant step. They now were choosing to 
come out a bit further as parents of a 
gay man. As Larry' ^ parents — for this 
is his name, "Fred" being a pseudonym 
I used in the article because they request- 
ed a pseudonym. In the Times, they 
placed an obit notice that recognized 
Bruce and, perhaps more tellingly (since 
for them Kaposi's sarcoma was a telltale 
identification of gayness), indicated 
Larry's sexuality by requesting memorial 
contributions to the New York Univer- 
sity Kaposi's Sarcoma Research Fund. 

Bruce's own family, in California, 
was less tractable. When his mother 
phoned to apologize for not coming, 
Bruce exploded. "The rabbi said that 
the day between the death and the funer- 
al is a day to say whatever I feel, without 
regard for later problems," he prefaced. 
"So I'm going to say it. I'm pissed that 
you aren't here. If it were a daughter- or 
a son-in-law, you'd damn well be here." 
He hung up. A few hours later, relatives 
from both coasts began to call. His 
mother had phoned the entire extended 
family to tell them her son was gay, his 
lover had died and he needed to hear 
from them. Later in the week, an aunt 
from Jersey crossed the river to visit in 
the apartment for the first time. She 
spent several hours learning about Larry 
from Bruce, going over their picture 
albums, opening — too late for Larry, 
butnot too late for his lover — many 
doors. 

On Sunday Bruce had plopped Michael 
by the telephone with a long list of 
friends to phone. "I want them to know 




from us, not by hearing it on the street 
or in the gym." On Monday, the funeral 
chapel prepared for one hundred fifty 
people and had to fumble for extra seat- 
ing when twice that number showed for 
the service. Larry's friends, Bruce's 
friends, Larry-and-Bruce's friends, fam- 
ily, concerned brothers from the Gay 
Men's Health Crisis (who in recent 
weeks had become "incredibly respon- 
sive," earning Bruce's gratitude). The 
rabbi, who had been given the TAP arti- 
cle the night before, referred to the 
sparkle that first attracted Bruce to 
Larry's eyes and directed his eulogy to 
Bruce and to Larry's friends as well as to 
the family. Larry, who accepted his ill- 
ness in the context of his gayness, was 
respected by being recognized as gay in 
his death. 

"The outpouring of love throughout 
the day not only provided the necessary 
support that Bruce and the rest of 
Larry's family needed," David later re- 
marked, "but I think, beyond that, it 
truly legitimized Larry's lifestyle to his 
family." Sitting shiva, he, Bruce and 
Michael all observed the family's awe at 
this massive love and lively affection. "I 
especially watched Larry's brother," 
Bruce grinned, "the brother who had 
said when Larry came out to him, 'you'll 
always be accepted in my home despite 
your gayness, but none of your friends 
will be welcome there.' Over the last 
year, he'd come around. Now here he 
was in our home, and these friends were 
all around us caring for us, caring for 
him. And he was caring for all of us as 
well." 

n 1880 the English Catholic 
priest and man-loving poet 
Gerard Manley Hopkins, 
after watching a Liverpool 
parishioner die, wrote a 
poem that rings synonymously with our 
experience of Larry's illness and death: 

Felix Randal the farrier, O is he dead 
then? my duty all ended. 

Who have watched his mould of man, big- 
boned and hardy-handsome 

Pining, pining, till time when reason 
rambled in it and some 

Fatal four disorders, fleshed there, 
all contended? 
Hopkin's poem phrases something else 
we experienced, most marvellously: 

This seeing the sick endears them to us, 
us too it endears. 
For if Larry became dearer to us, even in 
his reason's rambling and his pining 
body, being close to him in his illness 
also made his friends and family dearer 
to each other. 

Five days after the funeral and the 
cold gray skies of the Long Island burial, 
Bruce came to Toronto for a weekend of 
sharing. In his suitcase was the Yohrtseit 
candle, which we relit together in my liv- 
ing room. On Saturday night we went 
dancing, as we had long known we 
would. We danced with a furious rage 
against our loss, brought Larry back to 
life between us on the dance floor, elec- 
trified our bodies with ap energy that 
could only have been his legacy entering 
into us as it departed from his hardy- 
handsome mould. A death dance, we 
found, is no mild, pallidly mournful 
mime, but a vigorous rout, a transfer of 
power from the dead to the living. 
Before that night I thought I understood 
the "passionate" in "passionate friend- 
ship"; now it seems to me a force be- 
yond telling. How much more powerful 
than the myths of transfiguration or 
eternal life is the charged new life of 
friends who have experienced loss to- 
gether, who have felt themselves the 
recipients of their dead friend's liveliest 
gift.D 



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Finding the spot for strengthening orgasms 



Ever since Freud sanctified, in the name 
of science, the old myth that a woman 
could not possibly be happy, adjusted or 
mature unless she quit playing around 
with her clit, transferred all orgasmic 
responses to the inside of her vagina, 
placed her little probing fingers some- 
where other than her genitals, and sur- 
rendered to the stark reality of an erect 
penis, most attempts to write or fanta- 
size about things like female ejaculations 
and deeply penetrating vaginal orgasms 
triggered at the G spot have been met 
with a stony silence from feminists and 
anti-feminists, lesbian and straight alike. 

But even during the best of times, 
when detailed analyses of sexual prac- 
tices are placed high on the agenda of 
science or politics, these attempts have 
often been confused or equated with the 
"true" expression, the essence of female 
identity, an essence located precisely at 
the site of a woman's sexAial pleasure. At 
those times, a simple paradox raises its 
typicadly static head: either a woman is 
seen to be dependent — she needs a cock 
to bring her to "real," deeply satisfying 
(vaginal) orgasm; or her "nature" is 
seen to be "essentially" independent — 
it would soon be proven "scientifically" 
that the clitoris, and not the vagina, is 
the only "real" sexual organ, providing 
for the only "real" sexual fulfillment. It 
is exactly this clit /vagina paradox of 
essences that our friends Ladas, Whip- 
ple and Perry wish to resolve with their 
little pink book. The G Spot. They don't 
succeed, but that's due more to the way 
they have presented the material than 
the actual material itself. 

As neo-Freudians, with credentials 
that span the field of bioenergetics, sex- 
ology, nursing, the Divinity, and being a 
featured guest on the Phil Donahue 
show, they are quick to point out the 
thing this book is not: 

This book is not a book about love. It is 
not about the problems people have in re- 
lating to one another. It is not about resolv- 
ing emotional problems, although some of 
them may vanish as the facts described 
are applied to people's lives. Above all, 
this is not a panacea for all the 
sexual problems faced by humankind. 

Having carefully narrowed the scope of 
their topic in this way, they begin, albeit 
in a pedantic manner, their attempt to 
resolve the paradox — to attribute a 
woman's essence to the clit or vagina — 
by arguing that a woman's essence can 
be attributed to both. Not only that, 
they argue that that essence is complete- 
ly analogous with (rather than inferior 
or superior to) the male orgasm and 
male physiology in general. Simply 
stated, their argument centres around 
three (not so) recent discoveries: the rec- 
ognition of the G spot; female ejacula- 
tion during orgasm; and the pubococ- 
cygeus muscle located between the pubic 
bone and the anus. 

Let us begin with the G spot itself. In 
1944, Dr Ernst Grafenberg located a 
spot on the anterior wall of the vagina. 
When this G spot was rubbed or stimu- 
lated "properly," Grafenberg found it 
swelled and eventually led to one or a 
multiple series of "deep" and gigantic 
vaginal orgasms. 

But the existence of the G spot flew 
right in the face of one of the most sig- 

The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries 
about Human Sexuality, by Alice Kahn 
Ladas, Beverly Whipple, and John D Perry. 
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982. $16.25. 



nificant scientific studies on female sex- 
ual physiology to date: Masters and 
Johnson's Human Sexual Response, 
1966. This study claimed to have proved 
that the clitoris was the only sexually 
orgasmic organ in the female body, with 
all sensitive nerves in the genital area — 
including those within the vagina — 
eventually connecting at the bud of the 
cUtoris itself. Well, Ladas, Whipple and 
Perry argue that this spot is not simply 
an extension of clitoral nerves, but has 
its own set of tissues, nerves and orgas- 
mic properties quite unlike those of the 
clitoris. More importantly, they argue 
that a plausible reason why Masters and 
Johnson would have missed such a cru- 
cial finding was due both to poor lab 
conditions (such as tenderly using a 
Q-tip as an insufficient probe, thereby 
preventing them from actually finding it) 
as well as relying on an anti-Freudian /- 
pro-clit environment, which convinced 
them to stop searching any farther. 
Ladas, Whipple, and Perry followed in- 
stead the instructions detailed by 
Grafenberg and found the spot in all 400 
cases studied. 

In doing so, they made an interesting 
comparison. Instead of likening this 
spot to any other sexual area on the fe- 
male body, they compared it to that of 
the prostate gland located on the anter- 
ior wall of the anus in the male. Like the 
G spot in women the prostate gland, 
when adequately stimulated, would 
swell and in some cases produce multiple 
orgasms. Moreover, they found that the 
chemical composition of the ejaculatory 
fluid of the males was exactly the same 



(minus the sperm) as that of a fluid pro- 
duced by women during these "deep" 
orgasmic encounters. And, incidentally, 
it was shot out of women during orgasm 
as intensely as it was out of men. 

They found one thing of note: that if 
you want to strengthen and prolong 
those lovely orgasms, there is an exercise 
you — both men and women — can per- 
form on the set of muscles between the 
anus and pubic bone (called the PC mus- 
cle for short). Basically it involves pull- 
ing up (as if holding in urine) for three 
or more seconds and then a pushing 
down (as if having a bowel movement) 
for the same amount of time in approx- 
imately fifteen minute interval exercise 
sessions. And to make sure the exercis- 
ing is being done properly, it is best to 
proceed with a "resistor" inside the 
anus or vagina (in the form of a tampon, 
dildo, fingers, penis or whatever). 

Whipple, Perry and Ladas have re- 
opened for public debate and experience 
some important and timely facts — and 
this is the best thing that can be said 
about the book itself. For it is written in 
the most patronizing fashion, treating its 
readers as if they are thirty-five going on 
two years of age. Not only that, but the 
examples they choose representing the 
true testimonials of the thousands of 
grateful wide-eyed (and usually hetero- 
sexual) innocents who have been helped 
by finding their spots, prostate glands or 
PC muscles range from mild pathos to 
outright misogyny. Two examples will 
suffice: 

While listening to women describe their 
experiences with G spot stimulation, (a 



MARCH 1983 




male psychologist) became quite con- 
fused.... "Well," said a nurse. "Have you 
ever had your prostate examined?" 

"No," he admitted. So she instructed 
him to lie down, and inserted a lubricated 
finger. "Yee-ow-ow!" he screamed, as she 
quickly located his virgin prostate. 

He described the sensation as a stab- 
bing pain and was convinced that his 
prostate had been pierced by a long fin- 
gernail. He demanded to inspect the 
nurse's finger, and was shocked to dis- 
cover that she had hardly any fingernails 
at all. 

"How could I have been so wrong?" he 
asked himself. ..He asked the nurse to re- 
peat the procedure. This time the results 
were distinctly different. There was no 
sharp pain nor even any dull pain. Al- 
though the idea of a finger poking into his 
anus was "weird" he had to admit that it 
felt good. Indeed, very quickly it began to 
feel terrific. 

Dorothy was a young mother who was 
preoccupied with her children and became 
less and less interested in sex. Her hus- 
band reacted to this by having an affair, 
during which he discovered the advan- 
tages of strong PC muscles. He told his 
wife about the affair and what he had dis- 
covered and threatened to get a divorce if 
she did not get medical help for her weak 
muscles. 

Dorothy, a deeply religious person, was 
upset about her husband's affair, but also 
recognized that she had a problem. 

...Finally she learned of a bio feedback 
therapist who offered vaginal myography, 
and made an appointment. According to 
the therapist, "She was the best patient I 
ever treated. She was literally motivated 
by the fear of Hell and damnation. Con- 
vinced her impending divorce was caused 
by her neglect of her PC muscle and deter- 
mined to save her marriage, she practised 
like mad.... By the second week, she was 
hitting a r«ading of 19 or 20, which put 
her in the top 2 percent of women who 
have been measured." Obviously there 
were other problems in the marriage... 
but her husband never again complained 
about her muscle weakness. 

I suppose if we needed reminding that 
we are the only ones who can liberate 
ourselves, who can know and create our 
sexualities as distinct from true essences 
and identities imposed upon us, then 
The G Spot serves yet another function. 
But don't go out and buy it — lie down 
and find it. SueGoldingD 



BOOKS 



Singing and swinging 
in 18tli-century Italy 

Cry to Heaven, by Anne Rice. Knopf, 1982. 

Have you ever wondered what exactly 
got cut off when boys were made into 
eunuchs? In most cases, only the testi- 
cles were removed from the scrotum, 
leaving the penis intact and fully capable 
of erection and, eventually, ejaculation 
(minus the sperm). Castrations were 
commonly performed on pre-pubescent 
boys in a number of cultures, usually to 
produce court attendants or singers. In 
Europe, where participation by women 
singers in church services and operas was 
often discouraged or banned altogether, 
the practice was a gruesome result of 
sexism. 

Although casirati may seem like relics 
of the dim past, many of them lived and 
performed in the nineteenth century; 
Alessandro Moreschi, the last profes- 
sional castrato, sang in the Sistine 
Chapel choir and died in 1922. The best 
of I hem had soprano voices of enormous 
power, range and ncxibility. but wc can 
really only guess at their sound. Only 
Moreschi made recordings, and that was 
in 1902-.1. well before the advent of high 
lidelily. 



THE BODY POLITIC/37 



The heyday of their operatic perform- 
ances was the early eighteenth century in 
Italy, and this world is faithfully recre- 
ated in Cry to Heaven. The historical de- 
tail in the novel is impressive, providing 
a wealth of information about the soci- 
ety of the time, and especially its operas. 
Unfortunately, all this detailed informa- 
tion does not add up to a poetic evoca- 
tion of the period. In this respect, the 
work is distinctly inferior to the histori- 
cal novels of Mary Renault, which seem 
almost effortlessly to recreate the lives of 
people and societies long dead. Rice 
works rather too hard at this — at one 
point actually listing various historical 
facts evidently intended to give us our 
bearings — and the result is that the 
reader becomes rooted more firmly than 
ever in the twentieth century. 

The story is centred on the lives of two 
castrati, Guido and Tonio. Guido, born 
of a peasant family in southern Italy, is 
castrated at the age of six as a money- 
making project for his family. He is 
taken to a conservatoho in Naples, 
where he becomes a singer of great 
promise — but loses his voice at age 
eighteen. His talents as a teacher and 
composer are insufficient consolation 
until, after several suicide attempts, he 
meets Tonio and becomes his mentor. 

Tonio, on the other hand, is the heir 
of the Treschi, one of the great patrician 
families of Venice. His love of singing 
carries him into the streets and alleyways 
of Venice, where he performs with a 
band of wandering entertainers and star- 
tles the inhabitants with his incredible 
voice and musical skill. His castration 
just prior to puberty is orchestrated by 
his disinherited elder brother. Because 
of the operation, Tonio is robbed of the 
destiny he has grown to expect and is ex- 
iled from Venice. His ascent to fame on 



AESTHETERA 



• Brad Davis's tit-ular performance in 
Querelle, Fassbinder's last film, has in- 
spired an enterprising company in Paris 
to market look-alike tank tops for 98F 
each. Querelle, which except for a show- 




Brad Davis in Querelle: sartorial inspiration 

ing at last year's Montreal film festival 
has hardly been seen in North America, 
will be released across the continent in 
late April, along with Wizard of Bab- 
ylon, a documentary by Dieter Schider 
(producer of Querelle) which includes 
footage of Fassbinder's last days. Next 
summer's necklines may indicate how 
successful the movie is. 
• Quentin Crisp, pom star Casey 
Donavan, writer Vito Russo and 




Striking a familiar chord: viewed as sexual misfits, but no problems witti birtti control 



the operatic stage and his obsession with 
revenge become the major motifs of the 
novel. He pursues both these goals with 
nearly demonic intensity, working with 
Guido in the studio and mastering the 
arts of the sword and stiletto in the ferK- 
ing salons and taverns of Naples. 

It is in this narrative that the novel 
shines. Rice's skill as a storyteller is 
especially apparent in her recounting of 
Tonio's romantic involvements. His re- 
lationship with Guido, who becomes his 
lover as well as his teacher, is complex 
and convincing, filled with caring and 
conflict. Just as finely wrought is the 
love between Tonio and Christina, an 
English woman who marries into the 
Neapolitan nobility and is widowed 
shortly thereafter, devoting her life to 
painting and, eventually, to Tonio. 



Andrew Bassi, owner of the Wire Whisk 
Cooking Center, will be some of the 
celebrities aboard the ms Lindblad 
Explorer when it leaves Halifax on its 
Cruise the Atlantic with Us voyage Sep- 
tember 19. Nine days later, following 
"elaborate tea parties, formal dinners 
and a glittering Fancy Dress Gala," the 
ship will dock in the Caribbean. "The 
passenger list will read like a Social Reg- 
ister of the gay world," promises Hanns 
Ebensten Travel Inc, 705 Washington St, 
New York, NY 10014. 

• Edmund White, author of Stales of 
Desire and A Boy's Own Story, is work- 
ing on a new fantasy novel called 
Caracole. "It's heterosexual," he told 
Publisher's Weekly, "meaning there are 
no gay characters. That's the fantasy 
part. I'm also doing a book of critical 
essays — some previously published, 
others new, on James Merrill, Proust, 
Nabokov, James Schuyler and others." 

• The February /March issue of Mother 
Jones features an excellent article by 
Allan Benibe on lesbians and gay men in 
World War II called "Coming Out 
Under Fire," part of a book-in-pro- 
gress. Berube is still welcoming informa- 
tion, as well as financial support, for a 
research project on World War II spon- 
sored by the San Francisco Lesbian and 
Gay History Project. He recently quit 
his job and is devoting three months to 
raising money for the project. If the 
fund-raising is successful, it will allow 
him to, among other things, interview 
more than fifty men and women ready 
to relate their experiences (such as a gay 
American pilot who spent time in a Ger- 
man POW camp, and a woman who 
worked with other lesbians in a Penta- 
gon typing pool), and work through the 
Freedom of Information Act to collect 
material from secret FBI files — he has 



Some of the sex scenes in the novel 
attain an almost incandescent sensuality. 
In this. Rice outshines Mary Renault, 
whose handling of lovemaking in her 
novels lacks the intimacy and immediacy 
found here. 

Tonio and his peers are an interesting 
group — castrati, musicians and offbeat 
members of the nobility. Castrati were 
viewed as sexual misfits; they were not 
permitted to marry but were widely 
sought after as lovers, no doubt in part 
because birth control was not a problem 
for them or their partners. Their posi- 
tion outside the mainstream of socially 
approved sexual patterns will strike a 
familiar chord for gay readers. 

Writing this novel cannot have been 
an easy task, since its five hundred odd 
pages are crammed with historical detail 



already received some personal memos 
written by J Edgar Hoover on control- 
ling wartime rumours that he was 
"queer" and ordering FBI surveillance 
of gay officials in Washington. Write: 
World War II Project, Box 42332, San 
Francisco, CA 94101. 

• Joan Nestle, a founding member of the 
Lesbian Herstory Archives, is engaged in 
researching the lesbian community in 
New York City from the turn of the cen- 
tury to 1970. Any information (confi- 
dentiality assured) will be appreciated. 
Write: 215 West 92nd St, New York, NY 
10025, or call (212) 874-7232. 

• West Germany's Pink Rosa Press 
recently released the ultimate in glossy 
gay guides. Their 1983 Gay Model Guide 
is interspersed with 3-D male photos. 
Sold with the book are coloured glasses 
for viewing the pics. D 

Allan B6rub6 on WWII: excellent researct) by 
a tiistorian seeking more info — and funding 



38n"HE BODY POLITIC 




in so many fields — music, politics, 
architecture, interior design, — to name 
only a few. Its tapestry is flawed with an 
overly literal approach to all this, but it 
should be richly rewarding to those who 
love historical fiction. 

John HigginsD 



FILM 



Toughness and wit 
at the 5 and Dime 

Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy 
Dean, Jimmy Dean. Dir: Robert Altman. 

There's a wonderful moment near the 
end of Robert Altman's latest film when 
Cissy, the brassy cut-up (as played by 
the amazing Cher), breaks down and 
tearfully confesses that her much envied 
breasts are rubber. A masectomy has de- 
prived her of her proudest asset and of 
her husband, Lester T, a redneck stud 
who has run off repulsed by her disfig- 
ured body. It's a moment of haunting 
sadness, which, in the hands of a lesser 
director might have chimed hollowly 
with self-pity. But Ahman's editing is in- 
spired. Immediately he cuts to the faces 
of Cissy's listeners (the reassembled Dis- 
ciples of James Dean), stopping at brash 
Edna May who bursts out, "Shit — and 
all this time all you's wearin' was 
retreads!" The laughter which erupts is 
disturbing, but healing, for it conveys an 
extraordinary moment of human con- 
tact and womynly solidarity. 

Unpredictable Altman's latest offer- 
ing combines fluid camera work and 
unusucil editing to turn material that 
might have been tediously static into a 
compassionate study of oppression and 
self-deception, suffused with humour 
and insight. The film surpasses its mon- 
grel origins in '40s weepies and '50s 
melodramas once disparagingly nick- 
named "women's pictures." It glances 
at, but sidesteps, the maudlin excesses of 
The Boys In the Band without sacrifi- 
cing toughness and wit. 

As Joanne — a sleekly sophisticated 
version of Joe, the young dimestore 
clerk once brutalized and shunned by 
small town bigots — Karen Black gives 
her greatest performance since Nash- 
\>ille. Ostensibly, Joe/ Joanne has come 
back with the other members of the fan 
club to reaffirm an undying devotion to 
glorious Dean. But she also returns with 
motives of defiance and revenge. Alt- 
man's restless camera hovers continually 
about her enigmatic presence, capturing 
her humorous malice in a series of 
disarming close-ups. 

The film's treatment of transsexual 
Joanne seems both sympathetic and un- 
compromising. It challenges the as- 
sumption by popular audiences that 
transsexuals are simply women trapped 
in men's bodies. Circumstances (small- 
town homophobia) and personal weak- 
ness have prevented Joe from dealing 
with his gay identity and his own oppres- 
sion. He has transformed himself into a 
less-than-happy parody of the "girl his 
mother always wanted." Asked by the 
group if she has any regrets. Black stares 
mysteriously into the camera like a Sia- 
mese cat: "Only when I think about it." 

The film shuttles back and forth be- 
tween the innocence of the '50s — "Sin- 
cerely," crooned by the McGuire Sis- 
ters, Photoplay fan magazines, nooky 
and fag-beating in the local cemetery 
and the impoverished mythology of 
post-Watergate 1975. Altman's elliptical 
dissolves and fades enable him to ex- 
plore the widening gap between youth's 
ideals and present, harsher truths. 



MARCH 1983 



But, as in most Altman films, the 
lonely and eccentric somehow survive, 
retreating into their own world of 
dreams and fabrications. For Millie in 
Three Women, Barbara Jean in Nash- 
ville or Mona in Jimmy Dean, life is a 
series of necessary fictions and delicate 
accommodations. As the truth-telling 
process of the strange reunion intensi- 
fies, Mona (Sandy Dennis) slips back 
into the doomed world of the past and 
her dimestore shrine to a martyred saint. 
"It is real, it's just deceivin' to the eye," 
she quivers early in the film, cradling a 
chunk of the crumbling Giant mansion- 
facade: "That's the way they do things 
in the movies." 

In the meantime the personalities of 
legendary James Dean and transsexual 
Joanne converge bizarrely in the sym- 
bolic figure of Mona' s backward son, 
Jimmy-Dean, whom we hear spoken of 
but never actually see. His escape from 
Mona's mausoleum (in Joanne's yellow 
Porsche!) aptly combines pathos with 
terror: the fadeout of a doomed era with 
the disappearance of its celluloid 
gods. PaulBakerD 



MORE BOOKS 



The Godfucker 



An Asian Minor: The True Story of Ganymede 

by Felice Picano. Sea Horse Press, 1981 . 
$6.95. 

This short book is, in essence, about 
how to get fucked by a god (first clue: 
become the most beautiful boy in the 
world). It's an erotic fairy tale inspired 
by, but owing nothing to, the Greek 
myth of Zeus's rape of Ganymede, son 
of the King of Troy. 

The narrative voice is Ganymede's 
(age twelve when the story begins), and a 
very confused voice it is. Picano has him 
speak in a mixture of eclectic twentieth 
century colloquial ("my own main man. 



If an alien from outer space had landed in 
Toronto on January 14 and wandered into the 
Innis College Town Hall at eight o'clock, it 
would have learned two things: 

1. that Kate Clinton is a "fumerist"; 

2. that a ' 'fumerist" is a woman who 
stands up in front of a room full of feminists 
and tells penis jokes. 

Said alien might (understandably) be con- 
fused as to the nature of North American 
' 'turner" and might (conceivably) blame 
itself, thinking perhaps that it had misunder- 
stood or misheard some of Ms Clinton 's 
jokes. It might, therefore, purchase Ms Clin- 
ton's new album, Making Light!, hoping to 
be enlightened. And would, instead, hear 
more penis jokes. 

Poor alien. Alone and confused, it would 
travel back to outer space, formulating in its 
recently politicized brain yet another version 
of that old joke: 

Q: How many lesbian stand-up comics 
does it take to tell a penis joke? 

A : That 'snot funny. Edna BarkerO 




Zeus"; "everything was pretty hunky- 
dory") and Taylor Caldwell historical 
("The shepherd was aged... but withal 
quite clean, vigorous, and even muscu- 
lar.. ..") . The effect of this combination 
is usually jarring and always somewhat 
ridiculous. Take for example its apoth- 
eosis (I use the word advisedly) near the 
end of the tale, when Jupiter finally 
makes his appearance in a blaze of light- 
ning-induced electricity. Ganymede still 
plays it coy: " 'What happens if I come 
to you?' I asked, and answered myself. 
'I become barbecued boy, right? Well, 
forget it.'" 

The story itself, when told simply and 
without these anachronistic eirtifices, is a 
pleasantly erotic romantic fantasy. Who 
wouldn't want to screw Apollo or shack 
up with Jupiter and then live happily 
ever after? And the illustrations are 
appropriately suggestive; like the sex 
scenes, they are never graphic. 

I don't know what Picano was trying 
to prove here. Perhaps he's making fun 



of modern efforts to find a gay sensibil- 
ity in classical and medieval art and lit- 
erature. Maybe if he hadn't tried so hard 
to be cute, this brief entertainment 
would have more substance than it does. 
Whatever his motives, Picano and (more 
often than not) the reader both have a 
good time. Rick Archboid D 

Variable standards 

Overlooked and Underrated. Issue 12 of 
Little Caesar, edited by Ian Young. Little 
Caesar Press (3373 Overland Ave, Los 
Angeles, CA, 90034), 1982. $3. 

The cover of the latest number of Little 
Caesar, Dennis Cooper's interesting lit- 
tle magazine from California, is graced 
by a photograph of the young Glenway 
Wescott, an absorbing, informal study 
of pensive beauty taken by George Piatt 
Lynes, probably in the '20s. Within the 
magazine, accompanying an essay enti- 



Easily the most intriguing question about 
Madame' s Place, the syndicated TVsit-com 
starring Wayland Flowers 's screamingly fun- 
ny puppet, l^adame. Is, "How do the male 
actors on the show feel about interacting with 
a she who is really a he?" In their profession, 
it's still not every day that they encounter a 
Tootsie or a Victor/Victoria. 

The way to Madame 's Place was paved un- 
doubtedly by Jim Henson 's moppets and their 
TV exploits. It is Madame's success, how- 
ever, to up the ante on the whole experience. 
Identifiably, she is modelled not after a piggy 
but a human being (two, actually: Flowers' s 
mother and an aunt) and — more to the point 
— she is a female given life by a male pup- 
peteer. It's a connection quite unusual in the 
worlds of puppets or ventriloquism. Quite 
simply, l^adame is genderfuck. 

As with all puppets, Madame 's power lies 
in "her" tongue. Conceived as a witch char- 
acter when first created by a friend of 
Flowers, she 's evolved into a happy harridan, 
and one on the make. Her bio now mentions 
six ex- husbands, and sexual pursuit is the 
prime rationale for the show's storyline. 
Madame as divorcee consistently projects her 
randiness with talk so smart it tops almost 
any expert in bitchy repartee you 'd care to 
mention. Besides her tongue. Madame also 
has Flowers 's marvelous facility at manipu- 
latmg her outsizedjaw and chin and position- 
ing her shoulders, elbows and hands, creat- 
ing with this limited vocabulary an extremely 
expressive body language. 

Madame 's got a drag artist's sensibility, 
really, and she 's as good as the best. Her 
show let 's you know when she s particularly 
on target — it allows the real guffaws of the 
studio technicians to shadow the added-on 
laugh track. Phil Shawl 1 



MARCH 1983 




tied "Glenway Wescott, an unfinished 
story" is a later picture of the writer, 
looking fit and cheerful. Wescott is one 
of a number of living and dead writers 
saluted by a group of contributors who 
were requested by issue editor Ian 
Young to select authors who have not 
received the critical and public reception 
to which their work entitles them. 

The resulting tributes vary widely in 
tone, subject matter and quality. Neither 
the photo of the mature Wescott nor 
Jerry Rosco's essay suggest that he is 
suffering bitterly from his relative 
obscurity. Poet Tim Dlugos makes a 
good case for the largely ignored merits 
of Donald Wyndham's fiction, and 
Oswell Blakeston has contributed a 
charming if abbreviated memoir of 
Mary Buttes, the exotic novelist and 
confidante of Jean Cocteau. But 
Edmund White's essay on poet James 
Schuyler seems an appreciation of a 
writer whose career some might envy 
(Schuyler has been published by a major 
New York house, after all). 

It is the variabiHty of standards and 
the lack of an editorial overview that 
produces the sometimes confusing vari- 
ety of submissions. Many of the subjects 
and their themes are gay, and this un- 
doubtedly helped consign some of the 
writers to neglect. But the broader truth 
is that most writers (and particularly 
poets) write for a very select audience, 
and most of the public rarely reads. Wri- 
ters are unfortunately not heroes in out 
time. GeorgeKSaxD 

Tainted tweeds 

Crush by Jane Futcher. Little, Brown and 
Co, 1982. 

After reading this novel, I was shocked 
to find out that the author was a mem- 
ber of the Feminist Writers Guild. I 
assumed that a member of this suppor- 
tive group should a) be able to create 
credible female characters and b) deal 
with the topic of lesbianism with some 
degree of originality. I know that Crush 
was written for "young adults," but 
frankly, I think one could read hate 
tracts by the Moral Majority and get a 
more positive view of homosexuality 
than found in this novel. 

Trapped in its genre, the novel is set in 
an exclusive girls boarding school, and 
both the tweedy teachers and their pet- 
ted students seethe with repressed emo- 
tions. Of the two students who actually 
fall into bed together, one thinks that 
sleeping with men will wash off the taint 
of being "queer." Not only is the plot 
unoriginal, but the writing itself lacks 
force, the characters are like cardboard 
pawns, and the two young women are so 
bitchy and spiteful they could have been 
lifted intact from some sleazy pulp 
novel. I suppose it is necessary to make a 
few compromises when you publish with 
Little, Brown, but in light of the great 
things now being written by lesbian wri- 
ters we don't have to make do with this 
sort of trash. JoyParksD 

This issue's writers 

Rick Arcttbold is a lormer editor who now does it 
lor tun rather than profit. . Paul Baker is a Toronto 
writer and Altman Ian Edna Barker is a free- 
lance editor who only tells jOkes sitting down . 
Sue Gelding is linishmg her thesis on Gramsci and 
democratic politics Gerald Hannon s lather 
made him wash his hands t>etore using the tele- 
phone . John Higgins is a Toronto lawyer and an 
enthusiastic reader and musician Michael 
Lynch is contemplating a piece atxjut the role ol 
promiscuity in the gay community Joy Parks is 
TBPs lesbian small press columnist George Sax 
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Shameless Sapphistry 

Happy birthday, happy birthday to 
Shared Ground! This marks one year of 
this column's appearance in TBP. I had 
hoped in the beginning that we might be 
able to start some sort of two-way com- 
munication in this space. However, after 
a whole year I'm still doing all the talk- 
ing. I mean it when I say I need your 
help. Please send in your suggestions, or 
books and magazines that you would 
like to see "shared" with other readers 
and we will go on from there. OK, the 
secret is out — sometimes I just get lone- 
ly and need to know what >'ou think 
should appear in Shared Ground. 

That shameless hussy Alta has come a 
long way from producing poetry pam- 
phlets in her garage. The Shameless 
Hussy, a new anthology of her prose and 
poetry makes it clear that it was well 
worth the trip. The only problem I've 
encountered with Alta's work is that it's 
unusual. It's so involving and inspiring, 
but so damned funny and heartbreaking 
at the same time that it's hard to do her 
poetry justice in a review. Better to let 
her speak for herself: 

I am one of the true hussies 

i have no shame. 

i was a housewife, and 

stretched from the housiness of it (hus) 

and the wifiness of it (wif /hus-wife) to 

a woman who can't bear wifedom (hussy)/i 

grew beyond the house like alice after 

eating 
too many cookies; lovers, poetry, moving 

my 
body in a new way, an old way, the way 

women 
like me have always moved, largely; with 

great 
motions beyond our allotted sphere, with 

more 
need than fear and more grace than shame. 

As much as I'd like to suggest that Alta's 
work, like good food and sunshine, is 
just right for everyone, I know better. 
Beware this book if you can't handle her 
idiosyncratic spellings or the way she zig- 
zags through writing forms. But if 
you're a racy hussy who will try anything 
once, you shouldn't miss the experience 
of Alta. 

My experience with how-to books on 
lesbian sexuality has convinced me that 
most are written by ambidextrous male 
anthropologists studying groups of les- 
bians in the way one would study extra- 
terrestrials. Those books concentrate 
their information either on bed- 
positions that could make a contortion- 
ist from Barnum's shake her head in dis- 
belief, or on listings of the multiple 
functions of wine bottle necks and 
vegetable sticks. May the goddess bless 
Pat Califia for the honesty, realism, 
sense of humour and warmth in her 
book of lesbian sexuality, Sapphistry. 
Examining both techniques and taboos, 
this book is a well researched and prac- 
tical guide to many facets of lesbian sex- 
uality. Very important is her chapter on 
sexually-transmitted diseases, which 
looks at a number of conditions specific 
to lesbians. Her work on disabled les- 
bians is required reading, not just for 
physically-challenged women, but for all 
those seeking the knowledge necessary 
for understanding women whose experi- 
ence may be quite different from their 
own. Califia's section on S/M lesbians 
may be one of the few places where the 
difference between variant sex between 



two (or more) consenting women and 
the problems of plain old painful power- 
tripping is alone worth the cost of the 
book. Tee Corine's illustrations — fine 
line-drawings made in homage to 
women artists who have created erotic 
images for women — evoke the lushness 
of lesbian sexuality which balances the 
author's direct no-nonsense approach. 

The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde 
is a difficult book to read. Its truths are 




Audre Lorde: great courage as a survivor 

terrifying. The writing is so intense, so 
raw, that there are times when you are 
tempted to turn away. Yet you can't hide 
from the experience of the writer, know- 
ing her pain could belong to any of us. 
The Cancer Journals record the author's 
experience dealing with cancer in her 
breast and her subsequent mastectomy. 
Her torments go beyond the physical 
aspects of the disease, to the inevitable 
fear, surgery and therapy geared to the 
heterosexual woman's conviction that 
she must appear normal, sexy, and mar- 
ketable. Such problems take on greater 
significance because of the author's 
need, as a lesbian, to love her own body, 
and to love women's bodies without 
pretension. 

As a black lesbian, Audre Lorde's 
experience shows the medical system to 
be not only sexist and inhuman, but 
racist — primarily based on a white, 
male power system that is both brutal 
and dangerous to women. Lorde shows 
great courage as a survivor in The 
Cancer Journals, describing the depth of 
concern and love provided by a small 
community of women who love her. 
These were strong enough in their caring 
to help her deal with a personal tragedy 
which so many women have to face 
alone. The Cancer Journals is a strong, 
powerful and important document, 
political in the way it examines a system 
of patriarchal values which threatens our 
very lives, and intensely /7£T50/Jfl/ in its 
ability to demonstrate how women need 
the love and support of women. 

The Shameless Hussy by A lla. The Crossing 
Press Feminist Series. The Crossing Press, 
Trumansburg, NY 14856. $5.95 (US) paper 
.Sapphistry by Pal Califia. The Naiad Press 
Inc. Box 10543. Tallahassee. FL 32302. $6.95 
(US) paper 

The Cancer Journals by A udre Lorde. Spin- 
sters Ink, RD I, Argyle, NY 12809. $4 (US) 
paper. 



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MARCH 1983 



So many men * so little space 



As there was no TBP last month, my pile 
of books is even taller than usual, my 
notices even briefer. Of the new crop of 
poetry books, the loveliest is Tom 
Meyer's Sappho's Raft ($12.50, Inland 
Book Co, 22 Hemingway Ave, East 
Haven, CN 06512). This is a major col- 
lection by one of the most consistently 
fine lyric poets around. His work is 
always thoughtful, sensuous, new: 

...returning home 

from Sienna 

the young man's spine 

describes him 

walking through July 

shirtless 

in jeans the color of 

Chianti 

Love flickers and is gone 

obscured by cloud 

almost 

an extravagence 

Dennis Cooper and James Kirkup, 
two of the best poets now writing in 
English, and both strongly gay- 
identified, have two new books each. 
Kirkup's No More Hiroshimas and Ecce 
Homo: My Pasolini are $6 each from the 
author, BM-Box 2780, British Mono- 
marks, London WCIN 3XX, England. 
Cooper's The Missing Men and My 




Martin Humphries: personal lyrics 

Mark are available from Little Caesar 
Press, 3373 Overland Ave, Apt 2, Los 
Angeles, CA 90034. My Mark is $5; no 
price indicated for The Missing Men. 
Cooper's poems are highly erotic; 
Kirkup's (in these books) more political 
and declamatory. 

Two books of poem sequences on gay 
historical figures are The T E Lawrence 
Poems by the Governor-General's 
Award winning Canadian poet Gwen- 
dolyn MacEwen ($6.95, Mosaic Press, 
Box 1032, Oakville, ON L6J 5E9) and 
The Picnic in the Snow: Ludwig of 
Bavaria by the prolific Robert Peters 
($5, Bookslinger, 330 E 9th St, St Paul, 
MN 55101). Both are superb. 

A couple of chapbooks of personal 
lyrics from England: Martin Humphries' 
Searching for a Destination ($3 from the 
author, lOGascony Ave, London NW6) 
and J M Hoadley's Rumour of Rebel- 
lion ($2.50, Druid Press, 32 Portland 
Rd, London Wll). 

Haviland Ferris and Steve Abbott are 
both established and accomplished gay 
poets. Abbott is intelligently experimen- 
tal, Ferris lyrical in more traditional 
modes. Abbot's Stretching the Agape 
Bra (a Jonathan Williams-style title) is 
$2.95 from Androgyne Press, 930 
Shields, San Francisco, CA 94132). Fer- 
ris's A Passage of Witches is published 
by the Finial Press, Champaign, Illinois. 
No price is indicated. 

The latest collaboration by poet Rich- 



ard Ronan and artist Bill Rancitelli is a 
set of seasonal poems infiuenced by Chi- 
nese verse, A Lamp of Small Sorrow: 
FourFu Poems {%\M, A Press, Box 
206, Laguna, NM 87026). David Trini- 
dad's first collection, Pavane ($4.80, 
Sherwood Press, 9773 Comanche Ave, 
Chatsworth, CA 9131 1) dips into myth- 
ology and dream and integrates them 
with personal experiences. It is interest- 
ing to compare Trinidad's poem "The 
Sphinx" with Oscar Wilde's of the same 
title, written about a century ago. 

Other new poetry titles are George 
Mosby's Waves That Circle Him in 
Stone, a collection of prison poems 
($1.50, Greenfield Review Press, RD 1, 
Box 80, Greenfield Center, NY 12833), 
Victor Burner's The Noblest Form, a 
libretto about David and Jonathan 
($5.95, Great Western PubHshing,416 
Magnolia, Glendale, CA 91204) and 
Mark J Ameen's Aye, My Dear, I Worry 
About That ($3, Harmony Books, 235 
East 4th St, New York, NY 10009): 

Listen, I've got a lover 
who is the sexiest person 
I've ever known. 
I love him like crazy, 
I return from a double feature 
to find him lounging 
in black and white, 
a glamour chain 
round his neck 
catching light, 
held to by a heart 
waiting for me. 

Lying there smoking, watching Dark 
Victory. 

N A Diaman is a San Francisco writer 
with his own publishing company. Per- 
sona Press, which has issued two pre- 
vious novels by Diaman as well as two 
issues of a gay fiction magazine. Para- 
graph, now apparently defunct. 
Diaman's first novel, Ed Dean is Queer, 
was one of a spate of Anita Bryant 
novels, and, though not as bad as the 
unbelievably odoriferous Jason is Love, 
was pretty weak. His next book, a futur- 
istic dystopia called The Fourth Wall, 
though slight, showed considerable im- 
provement. His new effort. Second 
Crossing, is a tale of a young man com- 
ing out while entering the literary circle 
in North Beach toward the end of the 
beat era. 

One would think that an intense liter- 
ary environment populated by writers 
like Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg and 
Jack Spicer would inspire a lively and in- 
teresting narrative, but Second Crossing 
is very dull indeed in both style and sub- 
stance. In addition, Diaman adopts an 
annoying practice of using correct 
names for some of the writers he deals 
with, and transparent pseudonyms for 
others. There seems no reason for the 
inconsistency, which becomes especially 
impertinent when he attributes Jack 
Spicer's well-known poem Fifteen False 
Propositions About God to someone 
with another name! 

Diaman obviously has a bit of money. 
If he had u.sed this to continue publish- 
ing Paragraph as a much-needed vehicle 
for good gay fiction, he could have done 
literature and the gay community a use- 
ful service. Instead, he has shut his eyes 
and heard the shrill trumpetings of a 
higher calling — the publishing of his 
own work. What a pity.D 
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EDUCATED, PROFESSIONAL MALE, bi seeks 
similar bi women, men or both for pleasure and 
friendship, I'm reasonably attractive, 31, 5'1!" 180 
lbs, hairy, curly, masculine. Excited by slender, youth- 
ful partners with imagination! I'm a nonsmoker with 
interests in the arts, games, some sports, good food 
and drink. Please reply with descriptive letter and 
phone. Box 715, Station M, Calgary, AB T2P 2J3. 



Toronto 



WANTED: LESBIAN WITH Canadian citizenship 
to marry oriental gay male in his early 20s for conven- 
ience. Benefits negotiable. Please help me. Drawer 
D190. 

SLIM, ATTRACTIVE COUPLE looking for warm 
companions to share great food, great music and 
great times at Lipstick, the great (not so late) cafe bar. 
Must be into big, juicy burgers and tantalizing tempt- 
ations (Chicken Teriyaki, to mention just one of 
many). Looking for couples or singles who like to 
start early and party till 3 am on week nights and 4 am 
on weekends. No photo necessary: reply in person at 
Lipstick, 580 Parliament St (south of Wellesley). 

BLIND GAY MAN would like to have someone read 
gay material to him. Call Gaston 924-3271. 



Montreal/Ottawa 



DISCREET GWM, 35, 5'7" MOUSTACHE, seeks 
horny, professional male or male/ female couple for 
pleasure over 30. Montreal /Ottawa preferred. Draw- 
er D213. 



New Brunswick 



WESTERN NEW BRUNSWICK: gay professional 
male, 25, would like to meet gay female for mutual 
benefit and social commitments. I am and you should 
be slim, straight in appearance, intelligent, humor- 
ous, pleasant and discreet. You should appreciate and 
perhaps share my career need to maintain a straight 
image. Drawer D276. 

Friends/female 



Barrie 



HELP ! Is there one lesbian under the stars who would 
be needed, wanted and loved by me? I am middle- 
aged, 5'3" 125 lbs, professional, very honest, caring, 
sentimental and romantic. I like all nice things in life. 
My favourites are dancing and travel. Drawer D095. 



Hamilton 



ADVENTURE AND ADVERSITY? Baez and Beet- 
hoven? Career and caresses? Come explore alphabet 
with single GWF, 29. Write giving phone number, 
photo if possible. Drawer D288. 



Toronto 



LESBIAN, TIRED OF BARS, looking for sincere, 
caring female for friendship and more. I enjoy music, 
nature and good conversation. Have lots to offer 
right woman. Drawer D280. 



obscurity. Hitch up your muddy hippers; cum share it 
with me!... Permanently! J E Coll, RFD 1, Box 839, 
Stockton Springs, ME 04981, USA. 



National 



WARM, FRIENDLY, ATTRACTIVE GWM, 5'9" 
150 lbs, 30 years, professional, varied interests, fun- 
loving, horny, seeks friendship, correspondence and 
good times. Drawer D287. 

GWM HOCKEY FAN, New Yorker, 32, 5'9" 145, 
br/br, will be visiting Vancouver (3/8), Edmonton 
(3/11), Calgary (3/12) to attend NY Rangers hockey 
games. Need game ticket and would appreciate 
someone (18-32) to show me around. Let's face off! 
Tom Hoffman, 143-40 Ash, Flushing NY 11355. 



Britisti Columbia 



GWM, ATTRACTIVE, 5'8" 145 lbs, seeks GM, 
around my own age (29) who wants sincere friend- 
ship, possible relationship. Dislike bar, club scenes. 
Oh, have beard, hairy chest. Prefer active greek men. 
New Westminster is my home. Drawer D272. 



Victoria 



VICTORIA, WGM, 34, 5'9" 160 lbs wants to meet 
same. Vancouver Island /Victoria to Campbell River. 
Drawer D240. 



Vancouver 



SPORTS FANADDICT (soccer, hockey, football) 
seeks same to age 35. Discreet. SportsFan, Box 67312, 
Vancouver. BCVSW3T1. 

FEMININE WM, 30, social drinker, loner, likes TV, 
cooking, seeks masculine men to 50 for intimate en- 
counters. Include photo. Drawer D329. 



Alberta 



ATTRACTIVE GWM, 6'2" 175 lbs, 31, seeks GWM, 
25-35, for sincere friendship, possible relationship. I 
am a non-smoker who enjoys the outdoors, music 
and theatre, and open to others. Your photo gets 
mine. Drawer D143. 

FORT McMURRAY PROFESSIONAL male, 40s, 
seeks gays for companionship and interests in theatre, 
music, travel and sports. Box 5382, Fort McMurray, 
AB T9H 3G4. 



Edmonton 



EDMONTON — LONELY, MID AGE GWM, 6' 190 
lbs, non-smoker, social drinker, sincere, varied inter- 
ests, seeks male for friendship and /or possible rela- 
tionship, younger person preferred. Free accomoda- 
tions for right person. Must be clean and responsible. 
Photo appreciated, discretion assured. Drawer D335. 



Calgary 



YOUNG GWM, 24, 6' 160 lbs seeking experienced 
topman to train me in bondage /discipUne, S/M, WS 
and other areas as well. I'm an eager young guy look- 
ing for a man who knows the ropes to show me the 
way. Long-term relationship possible but not neces- 
sary. Training under an experienced master to find 
and maybe expand my limits is what I seek. Drawer 
D201. 

30 YEARS YOUNG, 6'2" 200 lbs, attractive visually 
and mentally, desires to meet others hoping for 
friendship or relationship with 100% intimacy. Let's 
build a future together. Photo appreciated. Drawer 
D264. 

ORIENTAL GAY MALE, 29, 5'8" 170 lbs, seeks 
others for companionship. Photo appreciated. Draw- 
er D275. 

COMPANION SOUGHT BY 43-year-old Calgary 
businessman with varied interests. Salary negotiable. 
Drawer D314. 

ATTRACTIVE GWM, ITALIAN, 5'6" 33, 132 lbs, 
brown hair, green eyes, moustache, masculine, hon- 
est, sincere, easygoing, enjoys jogging, raquetball, 
outdoors. Would like to hear from same to 29 if you 
are interested in developing a friendship possibly 
leading to a relationship. Reply boxholder. Box 6477, 
Station D, Calgary, AB T2P 2E1. 



Manitoba 



BODYBUILDER. WELL-ENDOWED, 30, blue- 
eyed, good-looking (what more can you ask?) wants 
to meet other bodybuilders. Discretion essential. 
Drawer C657. 



Saskatchewan 



Friends/male 

International 

GWM, 33, GOOD-LOOKING, 6' 165, would like to 
correspond with men 35 and older. Interested in 
photos, video and hot letters. Possible meetings, 
good times. Interested in gay/bi men who enjoy dis- 
creet friendship. Your photo gets mine. Jim, Box 
27478, Honolulu, HI 96827, USA. 

HUNG! YOUNG PUERTO RICAN stud with beaut- 
iful buns. Have letter/photo for you. Write: Box 687, 
New York, NY 10108, USA. 

GOOD BODY, HUSKY, 60, 5'7" 175 lbs, endowed, 
enjoy everything man to man. Any race. Photo. Pat, 
Box 95, Wallawalla, WA 99362. USA. 

GUY GOING TO PRAGUE in spring wants info on 
bars, baths, English-speaking contacts, not necessar- 
ily for sex, reasonable hotels. Drawer D284. 

WRESTLING, SOCIAL CLUB. Canada, US — 
make friends everywhere! 500 members. Informa- 
tion, photomag, $3.00: NYWC, 59 W 10 St, New 
York, NY 10011, USA. 

CORRESPOND WITH A friendly, sincere GWM, 
36. Many interests: friends, letters, travel, languages, 
Levis, gay lit, collections. Lonely isolation in China 
imminent ; seeks friendly gay pen pals everywhere. All 
answered (really!). Box 478, North Bay, ON PIB 8J2. 

HIP-BOOTED RAUNCHMAN enjoying seaside HANDSOME SUDBURIAN, 35, seeks quiet and 



LOOKING FOR FRIEND/ LOVER. Is there some- 
one out there who still believes in simple love and af- 
fection? I'm 42, tall, dark and considered good-look- 
ing, beard and moustache. My sexual tastes are quite 
conventional, not into bondage or S/M. Love to cud- 
dle. Will answer all, I live in the Saskatoon area. 
Drawer D263. 

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN-AREA male, 
39, 5'8" 130 lbs, left-leaning and fitness seeks a man 25 
to 50 for the long and secure relationship. Drawer 
D307. 



Norttiern Ontario 



TALL, SLIM, ATTRACTIVE married bisexual 
male, mid 40s, interested in horseriding, arts, sailing, 
travel and business, seeks similar for mutually satisfy- 
ing, confidential, long-term relationship. Drawer 
D251. 



MARCH 1983 



caring younger male for discreet and intimate com- 
panionship. Drawer D295. 



Southern Ontario 



IS THERE ANY gay man in Chatham? Mutual dis- 
cretion, honesty, friendship desired. Healthy, warm, 
intelligent, proud to be gay required. Drawer D136. 

WINDSOR AREA PROFESSIONAL GWM. 28, 
rock, buzz, 18-30, cinema, high-tech, calm, not neur- 
otic, 5'10" well-read, travel, au boute! De la region 
montrealaise. Drawer D225. 

YOUNG KITCHENER GWM seeks young black or 
Asian male for a possible friendship or relationship. 
I'm 5'8" 140 lbs and have brown eyes and hair. My in- 
terests include most sports, good novels, movies and 
music. If you' re a young black or Asian male in search 
of that "someone special," why not write? Photo and 
long letter appreciated. Drawer D232. 

MUSCULAR, GOOD-LOOKING MALE, 21, Lon- 
don, Ontario, pleasant and hot, searching for another 
male to be "good" to him. No kinky stuff. Reply 
drawer D227. 

GWM, 29, LOOKING for adventure in the Beach- 
ville-Woodslock area. Seeking dominant topman. 
Send letter and photo. Box 246, Beachville, ON. 

GAY CHRISTIAN, 53, 5'7" 185 lbs,'seeks young son 
type to love and share good times. Prefer clean- 
shaven, slim, good endowment. Write with phone. 
Photo brings fast reply. Box 4443, Station C, Lon- 
don, ON N5W 5J2. 

YOUNG STRATFORD GWM, 5'9" slim, blond, 
masculine, considerate, discreet, seeks slender, sensi- 
tive young guy with little body hair. I'm into active 
greek, spanking and soixante-neuf Photo, phone, 
erotic letter will ensure quick reply. Drawer D283. 

WATERLOO. FRENCHERS WHO don't need reci- 
procity but appreciate man with clean body, long, 
thick tool, loves to be sucked. You need me. My place 
or yours. Age, looks unimportant if you're an expert. 
Drawer D282. 

KITCHENER. ME: GOOD-LOOKING, young, 
GWM, moody, emotional, animal lover, bottom, lov- 
ing, caring, straight-looking. You: young, GWM, 
animal lover, top, honest. Please reply with long let- 
ter, address and photo if possible. My name: Trojan. 
Drawer D281. 

DISCREET MARRIED MAN, 34, 5'8" 165 lbs, 
plain-looking, seeks same to share sessions with . Pre- 
fer butch types in jeans and black leather bike jackets. 
Nothing kinky, but hot, masculine leather-sex. Black 
leather biker gloves turn me on too. Frank, detailed 
letter. Sincere only. Box 3463, Cambridge, ON 
N3H 5C6. 

WANTED: YOUNG MASCULINE males London, 
Ontario area to play with, oral satisfaction, by 51- 
year-old nice guy. Drawer D27I. 

GAY WHITE MALE, early 20s, wishes to make 
friends from all over. Good-looking and ready for 
anything except pain. Prefer hung greek actives, Lon- 
don, Chatham, Windsor area or pen pals. Frank let- 
ter, phone, photo if possible. Drawer D285. 

TWO GAY HOOSIERS living in Ontario seek same 
for... we haven't figured out what yet, but if "the 
gleaming candlelight / still shining bright / through 
the sycamores" still affects you deeply, maybe you 
can tell us. All Hoosierly replies answered in kind. 
Drawer D267. 

WHITE MALE RUBBER SLAVE seeks others with 
same interest. I like dressing in rubber boots, briefs, 
harness. Also JO, B -^ C torture, S/M, B&D, making 
home VHS movies (have equipment). Send descrip- 
tive letter, phone number, photo if you like same 
things. Discretion assured. Jim. Drawer D290. 

WELL-BUILT MASCULINE youngguys to 25 want- 
ed, to be played with, orally satisfied, treated royally, 
total confidence, by 50-year-old good guy. Pen pals 
wanted from anywhere. Drawer D298. 

ANY GAY MALE seeking companionship and inti- 
macy with no strings attached seeks what I do. I am 
28, trim, friendly and sensual. I travel a lot and will 
come to you. Age or race no barrier. Orientals most 
welcome. Discretion assured, all replies answered. 
Send photo if possible. Reply to Box 1044, Station Q, 
Toronto, ON M4T 2P2. Hamilton to London and in 
between. 

NIAGARA PENINSULA AREA, professional dis- 
creet gay white male, 35, 6' 160 lbs, affectionate, 
good-looking, sincere, masculine guy. Enjoys travel, 
cycling, skiing, dining, movies, concerts, sex, life. 
Dislikes typical gay scene. Wants companion, prefer- 
ably under 30, slim, lo enjoy and share in these pur- 
suits, perhaps building a relationship. Photo if pos- 
sible. Drawer D328. 

GAY CHRISTIAN ORDAINED seeks serious friend 
for lasting one-lo-one relation. I like to be called 
"Dad_/lCould help relocate. Prefer 20 to 33, clean 
and honest. Phone and photo a must. All answered. 
Box 4443, Station C, London, ON N5W 1H5. 

GWM, TALL, DARK, attractive grad student. 
Looking fofrat the least, a deep friendship. Intelli- 
gent, often quiet, serious, but not without a sense of 
humour, affectionate, motivated, well-read; qualities 
I believe I have and also appreciate. I need someone 
dependable lo both share (he day's ups and downs 
with as well as to occasionally paint the town red. 
Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge area. Sin- 
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AFFECTIONATE, BEARDED, EUROPEAN, 
well-built /hung, 35, enjoys fitness, music, movies, 
outdoors, travelling, seeks thoughtful, warm friends 
anywhere, under 35. Photo appreciated. Box 7303, 
Station A, Toronto, ON M5W 1X9. 

HOT, HUNG MASTER, 29, 6' 165 lbs seeks slave for 
any fantasy scene. Enjoy denim, jocks, dominance 
and watersports. Drawer D196. 

GWM, 32, HUSKY seeks wrestling and exercise bud- 
dy to improve fitness. Write with your plan for sport 
and fun. Include phone number. Drawer D198. 

HOW DO YOU like your man? Tall, dark and good- 
looking? That's me. Into bodybuilding too. Interest- 
ed in corresponding and photo exchanges. Replies 
with photos answered first. Box 277, Station K, Tor- 
onto, ON. 

YOUNG MALE, 21, 6'4" 175 lbs loves sucking and 
being sucked, hot sex. Seeks same for fun. Photo if 
possible. Drawer D202. 

GWM, 36, PROFESSIONAL, 190 lbs, 6'5" well- 
endowed seeks young man over 21 into spanking or 
whatever. Discretion assured and requested. Drawer 
DI9I. 

PART-TIME ARTIST, CHINESE, 35, 6' seeks edu- 
cated man, age 25-45, for long-term friendship. Pre- 
fer tall guy. Photo please. Drawer D193. 

SINCERE, ROMANTIC MALE. 39, 5'10" blue 
eyes, trim beard, average weight, looks. Would like to 
take it slow and steady toward a committed relation- 
ship with a younger, muscular man who is intelligent, 
mature and has a sense of humour. I could get into 
light (dominant) B&D. But respect and caring are 
much more important. If you think as I do, a detailed 
letter and photo would be welcomed. Drawer D254. 

GOOD-LOOKING MALE, 5'10" blond hair, blue 
eyes, 150 lbs, 27 years old, looking for well-endowed 
guys preferably for afternoon or evening get-togeth- 
ers. Discretion assured. Drawer D252. 

JUST FOR SOMETHING completely different? I 
love bondage, having my balls pulled (etc!), being 
"forced" (french or greek). (No heavy S/M, WS) but 
not by "Drum" Machos — O No! Any skinny "sis- 
sies" (fern welcome, not essential; prefer 21 to 36) out 
there who drool to play Rough Stud (have me beg you 
not to — first; then beg you to!)? I'm your chance 
(early 30s; thin but masculine). Your phone, please. 
Drawer D258. 



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66 Gerrard St East 

Toronto ON MSB 1G5 

(416) 977-4718 



BISEXUAL MALE, 40s, CONSIDERED attractive 
and youthful. Would like to meet younger gay or 
bisexual guys for understanding times. Discretion a 
must. Photo and phone number appreciated but will 
reply to all respondents. Drawer D259. 

ATTRACTIVE MALE, 38, seeks buddy friend to see 
on regular basis and spend time with. Interests include 
theatre, arts, dogs, skiing. Photo if possible and 
phone number to drawer D256. 

DRAWER DI74. 1 received some wonderful replies to 
my ad. Thank you. I present my sincere apologies for 
not replying. Two days after placing it, after many 
months alone, I met someone very beautiful. 

BLACK MALE, 24, seeks male companion. Prefer 
flight attendants or professional male. Reply Box 311 , 
Station B, Toronto, ON M5T 2W2. 

ATTRACTIVE GWM, 31, 5'4"ll01bs, blue eyes, red 
hair and moustache, wheelchair-bound with cerebral 
palsy, seeks sexual relief. T-room voyeur. Prefer slim, 
smooth guys my age or under, but others answered. 
Reply with phone. Scott. Drawer D286. 

SEXY, ATHLETIC MALE into bodybuilding, swim- 
mers, well-hung men. Toronto and surrounding area. 
Photo a must. Box 926, Station K, Toronto, ON 
M4P2H2. 

GWM BUSINESSMAN, 32, 5'6" looking for 
friends, companions, and possible lover to age 28. 
Considered masculine, good-looking, generous, and 
considerate of others. Discretion assured and expect- 
ed. Phone and photo if possible. Drawer D279. 



VERY ATTRACTIVE, WELL-BUILT, masculine, 
blue-eyed blond couple, 28& 30, seek horny, younger 
male or couple for discreet fun get-togethers. Inex- 
perienced or bi welcome. Drawer D343. 

DISAPPOINTED with answering an ad? Not this 
time. Truly goodlooking 28, 5'10", 150 lbs. Well- 
built, well-endowed, athletic, non-bar type, seeking 
attractive males under 24 for discreet, safe, erotic ex- 
periences. Drawer D344. 

GWM, 32, PROFESSIONAL, passionate, affection- 
ate, seeks older male 35-49, good-looking, interest- 
ing, educated. Socially and sexually active. Various 
interests, possible relationship. Drawer D278. 

MALE, EARLY 40s, NON-SMOKER, looking for 
friendship and the nourishment that comes from 
sharing feelings and ideas. Am open-minded. Wel- 
come replies from active, masculine males of all races, 
singles/couples. Let's communicate. Drawer D268. 

WHITE MALE, 40s, MASCULINE, seeks affec- 
tionate, greek passive, black lover. Drawer D088. 

30-YEAR-OLD EUROPEAN, 5)1" 170 lbs, brown 
hair, blue eyes, medium complexion, wants to meet 
hunky, sexy and butch blacks and East Indians. Eve- 
nings 762-8658. 

HUNG, ATTRACTIVE BLOND, 27, 5'6" slim 
build, into JO, greek active, seeks slender guys to 34 
with hot ass. Photo if possible. Drawer D243. 

ATTRACTIVE, MASCULINE GWM, 41, 5'I0" 160 
lbs would like to meet interesting men for good times 
and possible relationship. I'm ati affectionate profes- 
sional person with varied interests. Will answer all, 
please include phone number. Drawer D247. 



On Wednesday, March 30, 1983, I'm 
hosting a Pot Luck 2nd Seder. It's Passover, 
a time to remember that liberation is an 
ongoing present process. If you're Jewish 
and lesbian/gay (or a lover of such a 
person), please join me. 

Call Harvey Hamburg, 967-5259 (Toronto). 



LOOKING FOR AN EXPERIENCED, dominant 
topman into bondage, toys, light S/M, watersports, 
inventive ass work, any race. I am attractive, slim, 39. 
Photo and phone appreciated. Drawer D246. 

LOOKING FOR MASTERS under 35. Am 21, 5'I0" 
150 lbs, Asian origin. Into B&D, pain, humiliations, 
etc. Photo appreciated. Drawer D23I. 

MALE, 36, VERY SUBMISSIVE, into S/M, B&D, 
WS and boot-licking, digs kinky sex. Always willing 
to please. Drawer D269. 

HAIRY MALE, 38, 5'9" 155 lbs, seeks horny dark- 
haired cowboy or Latin for occasional encounter. All 
letters receive reply, and all photographs returned. 
Drawer D266. 

GREEK? — HERAKLITOS. FRENCH? — Impres- 
sionism. (Bach and Blake, not baths and bars.) 
Closets? For clothes and old boxes (only). Clones? 
"Once you've fucked one, you've..." (Twining's yes; 
tearooms no.) WS? — William Shakespeare (nothing 
else!). (Poetry, not poppers. "SM" is the abbrevia- 
tion for "manuscript" backwards.) BB? Surely, 
"brains 'n' brilliance." Parks? Definitely; one meets 
so few butterflies and flowers in the city otherwise. 
(What? Anti-sex? Heavens, no! Perish the thought; I 
adore it!) Drawer D265. 

VERY ATTRACTIVE GWM, 32, 6'l" dark 
hair/moustache. Masculine, stable, professional, af- 
fectionate, caring, would like to meet same. Must 
have positive outlook on life. Bars should not be your 
only recreation. Friendship or possible long-term re- 
lationship with right person. Drawer D273. 

BI WM, PROFESSIONAL SWIMMER'S BODY, 
40s, complex (interests range from orchidist to eques- 
trian riding), intelligent, sensitive, sophisticated and 
handle this kooky world better than most. I'm in neu- 
tral, looking to be put in drive by good-looking, crea- 
tive, straight-appearing younger male protege in 
sports and/or arts field from central Toronto or Man- 
hattan for intensely cerebral, excessively sensuous 
and romantic relationship involving travel and city 
and country life. Photo and phone assures reply. 
Drawer D274. 

MASTER, 32, ATTRACTIVE, seeks attractive, un- 
inhibited slave under 35 for long-term relationship. 
Photo, phone and descriptive letter. Drawer D293. 

WHITE MALE, LATE 30s, masculine, clean, heavy 
build with large, fat bottom wants to receive tradi- 
tional spanking from father-figure type over 45. Oral 
service a possibility. Discretion expected and assured. 
Drawer D294. 

BEAU QU6b6COIS, YEUX bleus, 5'7" 140 lbs, 
bien fait, viril, sirieux, amusant, romantique. Lettre, 
photo. Salut. Drawer D296. 

ATTRACTIVE YOUNG MALE, 22, 5'10" 150 lbs, 
would like to meet masculine hairy men for lots of 
good times! Photo and phone appreciated. Drawer 
D300. 

LET'S BE FRIENDS! A 20-year-old professional 
businessman is looking for a friend who'll really care. 
I'm attractive, although overweight. If this doesn't 
bother you, then let's be friends. I hope you enjoy 
theatre, music of all kinds and intimate settings. 
Beware! I tend to be "preppy." Write Gregg if you're 
the friend 1 seek. Drawer D30I. 

DAYTIME ENCOUNTERS WANTED by 35-year- 
old GWM, 6'2" 190 lbs, hairy body, looking for 
younger, hairy man. No romance please, just a good 
time, no questions asked. Into everything, FF OK. 



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MARCH 1983 



Please reply with way to contact to drawer D29I. 
FAREWELL TO EDMONTON. I'm leaving the land " 
of oil and money for Toronto in early summer. Would 
like to start friendship with Toronto gay(s) so I'll at 
least have someone I know, at least a little, at least, 
when 1 arrive. David (that's me) is a GWM, an artist, 
somewhat eccentric, "cute," 25, intelligent, political- 
ly conscious (if not always politically correct), inter- 
ested in post-modernism, feminism, movies, "new 
wave" and classical music, microcomputers, dancing 
and other things too. If 1 sound like someone you 
might want to know, let me know. 32 cents is not a lot 
of money. Drawer D 302. 

CLEAN-CUT, 24, GWM, 5'll" 160 lbs. I don't like 
the bar scene and cruising is too dangerous. I'd like to 
make a friend who likes fun times, but also quiet times 
at home. If you are mature, and close to my age, 
please write. Phot os are appreciated. Drawer D303. 

YOUNG 45, LIKES 69, has many afternoons and odd 
evenings to meet friends with the same likes and inter- 
ests. Likes country music, non-smoker and drinker, 
would like to meet men any age or colour for fun and 
general relaxing get-togethers. Photo and phone ap- 
preciated, will return when we meet. Reply Box 144, 
Station Q, Toronto, ON M4T 2L7. 

TALL, TRIM, ESTABLISHED professional, 40s, 
likes movies, concerts, opera, theatre, needs intelli- 
gent friends, companions, lover. Sexually uninhibited 
and open to adventure, but no S/M, WS, FF, etc. 
Reply with phone number if possible. Drawer D215. 

YOUNG ATTRACTIVE ORIENTAL male, 20. uni- 
versity student, seeks sincere GWM for friendship 
and possible relationship. Phone and photo appreci- 
ated. Drawer D218. ^^ 

AMBITIOUS, FUN MALE, who enjoys roller-skat- 
ing, auctions, flea markets, old clothes (collecting and 
swapping) etc, anxiously seeks friend with similar in- 

terests. Darryl 922-8484. 

TOTALLY INEXPERIENCED GWM, 26, 5'8" 145 
lbs, honest, intelligent and good-looking with a beard 
and a hairy chest, seeks clean-shaven smooth, boyish 
types to 25 to learn how great gay sex can be. Let's 
fantasize and experiment together. Photo and phone 
appreciate d. Fred, 55 McCaul St, Box 236. Toronto. 

GWM, 27. 5'10" 155 lbs, blond and bearded, great 
legs! Not sick of bars but sick of tricks who turn out to 
be jerks. I do everything to excess: smoke, drink, 
sleep, talk, party and squander money. I am resolved 
to find a large, hairy man to bring some order into my 
life. Sense of humour essential! Phone number. 

Drawer D306. 

WHITE, 26, 6'4" 185 lbs, well-hung, built, mascu- 
line, attractive male seeks extremely well-hung, (ie 
enormous) masculine, clean male for good time and 
possible friendship. Phone number and explicit photo 
gets reply. Drawer D305. 



ATTRACTIVE ASIAN MALE, 28, 5'7" 130 lbs, 
moustache, intelligent, sensitive. Would like to meet 
masculine types for fun and friendship. Photo and 
phone appreciated. Discretion assured. Drawer 
D320. 

FRIENDLY ASIAN, 21 , seeks Caucasian or Oriental 
for friendship or possible relationship. Prefer mascu- 
line and sociable guy. Phone number appreciated. 
Drawer D3I9. 



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RESPONSIVE GUY, 30s, attractive, 5'H" 155 lbs. 
looking for butch black or Oriental guys who like hot. 
hot ass. Michael 485-0071. 

VERY ATTRACTIVE, CLEAN male bi-model. 
5'H" 35, 160 lbs, brown eyes and hair, very under- 
standing. Wishes to entertain the mature and finan- 
cially secure. Let me be your plaything for a weekend 
or evening. Total discretion assured. Write to Ben. 
drawer D333. 

ARE YOU A friendly, attractive guy into JO? I'm 6' 
slim, mid 30s, discreet, not unattractive. If you'retall, 
slim, with a smooth chest, so much the better. Photo 
appreciated but not required. Drawer D332. 

GWM, 21. 125 lbs. 5'9"^brown hair. eyes, moustache. 
Who has lost in love that promised happiness. Seeks a 
warm, loving, caring, dominant man, 25-35 who en- 
joys theatre, camping, etc. I'm a level-headed individ- 
ual who is professionally employed. Basically I'm 
down to earth. I'm looking for that special person for 
a lover relationship to make my life happy once again. 
Photo is not necessary. Just a descriptive letter. Draw- 
erD331. 

ATTRACTIVE ORIENTAL. 26. straight-manner- 
ed, seeks virile, masculine male for occasional dis- 
creet meetings. Hunky. hung, moustachioed clone, 
athletic topman, couple, bi, mildly kinky, 21-45, 
white, black, all welcome. Phone, details essential. 
Photo if possible. Box 113, Station B, Toronto, ON 
M5T2T3. 



GWM, 23. 5'7"' brown hair, eyes, slim, considered 
very handsome, seeks stable, intelligent male 23-35 
for relationship. I'm a sensitive and understanding 
person with many varied interests: literature, music, 
sports, politics, travelling, good times. Reply with 
phone number; photo appreciated. Drawer D3I8. 

YOU I'M LOOKING FOR. Need to feel you in my 
arms. GWM, 39, 145 lbs. Same. Toronto, London, 
Windsor. Friendship. Let's hit it on, lasting, now! 
Drawer D317. 

GWM SEEKING SLIM fop men to 35 for morning/- 
afternoon fun tiriies. Frank letters okay. Not looking 
for relationship. Not into games. I'm 5'7" blond, 
bearded, trim, 28" waist, not feminine, french active, 
JO, uninhibited. Photo gets mine, but all an- 
swered. Blacks welcomed. Please write: boxholder, 
577 Burnhamthorpe Road, Box 104, Elobicoke, ON 
M9C 4V2. 

GWM, 31. GOOD-LOOKING, intelligent, 5'I0" 135 
lbs, very uninhibited, likes bridge, windsurfing, 
X-country skiing, travel, etc, would like to meet 
friends, 25 to 40, possible long-term relationship with 
right person. Drawer D316. 

GWM, PROFESSIONAL. 38, 6' 185 lbs, considered 
very attractive, seeks another masculine attractive 
guy any age for very discreet relationship. Am pa- 
tient, understanding, sensitive. Am versatile but all 
the better, you to be french active, greek passive. Mar- 
ried, bi okay. Love music, outdoors, travel, quiet re- 
laxed evenings. Prefer Willowdale. Thornhill area but 
elsewhere okay. Letter with photo receives immediate 
reply. Absolute discretion assured and expected. 
Drawer D315. 

GWM. LIVING IN Vancouver would like to hear 
from young gay Chinese guys in Toronto area. I am 
30, good-looking, muscular body, masculine. Drawer 
D313. 

GWM, 26, 6'4" 190 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, mous- 
tache, good humour and outlook on Hfe with hobbies 
from music, cooking, looking for possible relation- 
ship. From ages 23 to 36. I am straight-acting and 
-looking. Will answer if you respond. Drawer D312. 

WHITE MASCULINE MALE, 56. 6' 160 lbs to meet 
young male to 30. smooth skin or httle body hair pre- 
ferred. Race and endowment not important. Fems 
welcome. Also pen pals. Drawer D311. 

NOVICE SLAVE/BODYBUILDER. 5'H" 175 lbs. 
seeks hung bodybuilder master to service, massage 
and worship. Discretion assured, sir. Drawer D310. 

A MOST HANDSOME (not conceited) GQ type 
male seeks new spring and summer friend to chum 
around with. Garth 922-8484. 

RUBBER BOOTS, HEAVY rubber wear, stream- 
fishing, beer. JO. Beginners or advanced write Box 
214, Station M, Toronto, ON M6S 4T3. 

ATTRACTIVE MASCULINE MALE, 25 years, 145 



lbs, seeks young, masculine male, 18-25 for fun times 
(blue jeans and black leather jacket type guys turn me 
on a lot). Drawer D309. 

WANTED: GOOD-LOOKING. HOT. hung man to 
35 who likes french active /passive and more by nice- 
looking man, 28, 5'9" 140 lbs with nice build for hot 
times or/and sincere, mutually loving and giving long- 
term relationship. Phone, photo, letter please. Draw- 
er D330. 

SINCERE MALE COLLEGE student seeks sensi- 
tive, "down to earth" type men to 40 who enjoy 
music, movies, cooking and quiet evenings convers- 
ing. I'm an honest, affectionate person with curly 
brown hair/eyes, 5'9" 155 lbs. Please send detailed 
letter with phone number. Discretion assured. PS — I 
love smiles! Drawer D327. 

A 41-YEAR-OLD MALE, 5'7" 150 lbs, quiet, intelh- 
gent and clean, with interests which include movies, 
books, music, would like to meet another male who 
shares those interests and believes that a relationship 
should be for more than just sex. Drawer D325. 

VERY GOOD-LOOKING, WELL.HUNG. hairy- 
chested guy, 30. 6' 170 lbs. brown/brown, clean- 
shaven, greek active, would like to meet attractive 
man under 35 for pleasure. Descriptive letter and 
photo please. Drawer D324. 

SEXPERT, 35. VERSATILE, adventurous, seeks 
muscles, pecs, denim, leather, enjoys photography, 
pornography, body worship, long hot raunchy ses- 
sions, satisfaction guaranteed. Drawer D323. 

ATTRACTIVE BLACK MAN will share my down- 
town Toronto apartment with aggressive generous 
males, evenings or overnight. Reply to Box 1042, Sta- 
tion F, Toronto, ON M4Y 2T7. 

DESIRED: MATURE, RESPONSIBLE male, retir- 
ed or unemployed. Consider saving — being happy 
sharing house near London with me. 39. Let's be hap- 
■ py and enrich our lives as friends. Drawer D322. 

6'2" MALE, BLOND, clean-cut, 28 years old, trap- 
ped in Scarborough, need to make friends my own 
age. Must be discreet. Only people who wish to have 
true friend bother to call me at 261-8911. Ask for 
Chuck after 4:00 pm. 

AFFECTIONATE. HONEST. ATTRACTIVE 
Oriental male, 24, 5'5" 125 lbs, seek sincere GWM be- 
tween 27 to 45 years for fun, get-togethers and friend- 
ship. Phone number, letter and if possible photo ap- 
preciated. Drawer D321. 

HOT, HUNG. SUBMISSIVE gay male, 38, 6'1" 190 
lbs, seeks butch /masters for any fantasy scene. Enjoy 
denim, jocks, dominance and watersports. Write with 
photo to Suite 030-240, 61 Front St W, Toronto, ON 
M5J 1E6. 

GWM, 40. 6'3" 195 lbs. slim build, masculine west- 
em-leather dude, dominant/passive on quiet side, 
varied interests, seeks dominant topman, must be 



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greek active /french passive non-smoker, neat, clean, 
and tidy and honest, for a meaningful enduring rela- 
tionship, to share my life with another with similar 
feelings. Approximately same age. No one-night 
stands. Photo and phone appreciated. Drawer D338. 

THERE IS STILL time to enjoy XC-skiing with this 
energetic friendly non-smoking WASP male but our 
common interests include summer weekends shared 
in scuba diving, camping, photography, nature and 
outdoors. While your other intersts and pleasures will 
complement and expand my many pursuits, your pri- 
mary goal is a monogamous long-term relationship. 
This professional businessman, 40, 5'10" 150 lbs, 
would also enjoy company of regular fitness exercise 
partner. Photo, phone. Box 2612, Station F, Scar- 
borough, ON MIW 3P2. 

MASCULINE MALE, 30, sincere, discreet, domi- 
nant, seeks young masculine male for friendship and 
mild discipline. Box 22, Oshawa, ON LIH 7K8. 

ATTRACTIVE, VERY MUSCULAR male, 28, 
seeks others who like to give and receive affection; 
with the possibility of friendship and /or relationship. 
My interests include movies, theatre, literature, good 
conversation, meditation, dancing, bodybuilding, 
wrestling, hugging, and cuddling. Drawer D337. 

TALL, ATTRACTIVE, 23-year-old seeks new 
friends and lovers. Shy at first but I blossom like a 
rose quickly. I love movies, shopping, music, travel or 
just staying home watching TV. Into JO, greek active, 
hot sex. Let's get together and enjoy. Drawer D336. 

MALE, 47, SENSITIVE, INTELLIGENT, warm, 
enjoys people, music, conversation, sex. Seeks friend 
30-70, similar interests, any race. Phone number re- 
quested. Drawer D334. 

MALE EXECUTIVE, 39, ATTRACTIVE, mascu- 
line, WASP, looking for an intelligent, attractive, 
masculine male to care about. All replies answered. 
Jason. Drawer D340. 

PROFESSIONAL, 33, BROWN HAIR and eyes, 
good-looking, 5'7" 135 lbs, own apartment, seeks 
masculine guys 20-30 to be friends and bedmates. 
Love sucking and being sucked, always horny, and 
willing to please. Prefer guys of average height, 
athletic build, blond hair, and blue eyes. Interested in 
outdoors, movies, travel, history, business. Discre- 
tion requested and assured. Drawer D339. 

STABLE, INTELLIGENT, SENSITIVE mentor, 42, 
6' 180 seeks smooth, well-built daddy's boy. If you 
need proper training to become devoted son and want 
real love, caring and cuddling, send sincere letter with 
phone, suitable photos. Drawer D341. 

ORIENTAL! GWM WOULD like to meet you for 
occasional get-togethers possibly leading to some- 
thing on a permanent basis. This is a sincere ad so why 
don't we arrange to meet. Drawer D342. 

LOOKING FOR A mature, attractive professional or 
a graduate student as a boyfriend. Age 21-30 to share 
a full, sensitive life. 1 am an affectionate, romantic, 
young 42-year-old. Enjoy theatre, music, dining, 
travel and companionship. Phone and photo ap- 
preciated. Drawer D297. 



Eastern Ontario 



IS THERE A gay male in Peterborough or Lindsay? 
Mutual discretion, honesty, friendship desired. 
Healthy, warm, sincere required. Drawer D255. 

KINGSTON GWM, EARLY 30s, loves sex cuddle to 
kinky porn orgies watching others almost anything 
goes. Drawer D261. 

GWM, 30, NOT COMPLETELY out of closet would 
like letters of encouragement and advice. Not sure of 
terminology I read in ads, eg, greek A/P, french A/P 
etc. Let me know someone cares. Would appreciate 
photos, nude, sensual or intriguing. Love to receive 
photo from bodybuilder or model. First-ever ad, 
please don't disappoint me. Drawer D299. 

PEMBROKE, OTTAWA VALLEY; 24 years old. 
Sagittarian man. Six feet, 165 lbs with dark blond to 
brown hair and blue eyes. I am hoping to move to the 
Pembroke area in late May and would like to set up 
correspondence with a few people and hopefully 
make a few friends. I love to swim, run, dance, go for 
long walks, read, go to the movies and spend long 
winter, or summer, nights in the company of a warm, 
loving friend. Discreel and sincere. All letters answer- 
ed. Drawer D292. 



Ottawa 



PROFESSIONAL, INTELLIGENT, WARM, sin- 
cere, mature 26-year-old GWM who knows himself 
and what he wants, is looking for friendship or rela- 
tionship. I am interested in someone who is between 
the ages of 25 to 45, emotionally stable, mature and 
sincere. I have dark hair, moustache, beard, green 
eyes, 5'10" 155 lbs, average build. Enjoy outdoors, in- 
dividual sports, travel and quiet evenings. Lengthy 
letter describing yourself is required. Photo and 
phone number discretionary. Drawer D270. 



Quebec 



GAY WHITE MAN, 34 years, bearded, brown hair, 
blue eyes, in good shape, seeks proud, masculine, 
moustached or bearded, collar-length hair, dark, 21 
years to 35 years with good body. I am into sensitivity, 
fantasy play, role-switching, bondage, light S/M. En- 
joy getting you to the height of ecstasy. Reply to Ten- 
ant, Apt 209, 1550 Panama, Brossard, Quebec or 
phone 514-672-7003. 



Montreal 



GWM, BLUE EYES, BLOND, well-carved, 24, 5'5" 
126 lbs, attractive, intelligent and versatile. Seeking 
honest young student or responsible decent person 
with built body 18-30. Write about yourself, picture 
appreciated. Confidence assured. Drawer D140. 

HUSKY MAN, 23, 6'1" 190 lbs, auburn hair, green 



eyes, bright, energetic, romantic. Seeks masculine 
companion for sincere relationship. Photo appreciat- 
ed. Drawer D253. 

SINCERE MALE, 27, 6' 150 lbs, hates bars and has 
quiet lifestyle, hoping for a serious, romantic rela- 
tionship with a masculine male, age 21 to 30. Write to 
me, giving hobbies, interests and address and /or 
phone number. Photo a must, but discretion abso- 
lutely assured. Drawer D262. 



Nova Scotia 



ROMANTIC CLASSICAL MUSICIAN living in 
Nova Scotia likes art, theatre, movies, good food, 
good conversation, would like to meet guys with simi- 
lar interests for lasting friendship, Drawer D234. 



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Toronto 



LARGE VICTORfAN HOUSE to share. Laundry, 
parking, fireplaces, many common rooms, seven 
bathrooms, house in excellent shape and nicely fur- 
nished. Close to High Park and Lake Shore Blvd W 
from $275 all included. John or Bob 536-3679. 

HORNY MALE HAS furnished apartment to share. 
$150/month. 1 am 6'2" 180 lbs, love JO and sleeping 
nude together till we both reach ecstasy. 691-6529. 

APARTMENT TO SHARE. Gay male professional 
looking for a second gay male businessman or profes- 
sional to share beautifully furnished, large apartment 
at St Clair and Yonge, next to subway, close to down- 
town. Own bedroom, two bathrooms. Rent reason- 
able. Share cost of housekeeper. Available March 1 or 
April 1. David 962-0884. 

RIVERDALE RENOVATED HOME to share. Fire- 
place, 5 appliances, excellent TTC, quiet street, good 
company. 463-1569. If no answer, keep trying. 

YOUTHFUL SENIOR SEEKS young man to share 
cheery townhome. Central. You should like classical 
music, good TV, a small dog and me. Would prefer 
non-smoker. Most reasonable rent in exchange for 
light household chores. This house ideal for employ- 
ed person or student. Drawer D304. 

CABBAGETOWN RENOVATED FOR rent or sale. 
$700/month, 4 appliances. Call Marlene Cowan 
475-2444. 

PROFESSIONAL MALE, 25, has luxury 2-bedroom 
downtown apartment to share immediately with rela- 
tionship-oriented guy under 28. $265 /month — ser- 
ious enquiries before March 1st please. 924-5950. 

HOUSE TO SHARE. Room with small, enclosed 
sun-room attached in all-gay household. Share rest of 
house including garden, living room with fireplace, 
cable TV, large kitchen. Gerrard/Greenwood, near 
subway and all-night streetcar. $275 /month including 
utilities. Ian or Randy at 463-9688 or 694-8752. 

PARTLY FURNISHED ROOM in centre city town- 
house. Seek responsible person, non-smoker. Short- 
term arrangements possible. $285 /month. Call Thom 
967-0430 or write Box 187, Station F, Toronto, ON 
M4Y2L5. 

OLDER WHITE MASCULINE male has room to 
rent in his 2-bedroom apartment to quiet young man. 
Student preferred. Reduced rent in exchange for light 
household duties. 266-9588. 

RIVERDALE — WE ARE TWO gay wimmin living 
in a 4- bedroom renovated home, looking to share ex- 
penses with two others. Rent negotiable. Phone 
465-0705 and leave a message. Available immediately. 

ROSEDALE FLAT TO SHARE. Male professional 
in his 30s seeks same to share 2-bedroom flat. Rent in- 
cludes your own partial washroom , cable TV, and free 
use of laundry facilities. Other features: air condi- 
tioning, dish washer, cleaning woman, use of screen- 
ed verandah. On a quiet street, 3 minutes away from 
subway. Call 920-7513 from 11 am to 10 pm. 



LL's Painting & Decorating 

Wallpapering & repairs 

Louis Leveille 255-7518 

2307 Lakeshore Blvd W - Suite 201 
Toronto Ont M8V 1A6 



Prisoners 



A NOTE TO PRISONERS who wish to have penpals 
— Metropolitan Community Church is offering a 
pen-pal service to men and women prisoners through 
the church's prison ministry. The address is Prison 
Ministry, 730 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4. 

GAY INMATES and young prisoners threatened 
with sexual exploitation, in institutions throughout 
the USA and Canada, benefit from the work of the 
Prometheus Foundation. You can help by joining the 
Penpal Group or any of several other vital pro- 
grammes. For information and a copy of Fire! the 
Foundation newsletter, send self-addressed, stamped 
envelope to: Prometheus, 495 Ellis St, No 2352, San 
"rancisco, CA 94102, USA. 



WRITING TO PRISON inmates has risks as well as 
rewards. Some prisoners are sincere, others are con 
artists. Proceed very carefully by checking with 
authorities or The Prometheus Foundation. Report 
rip-offs and attempts to Prometheus, which aids gay 
and young prisoners, and also protects against prison 
rip-offs. For information about the Penpal Group 
and other programs, send SASE (contributions op- 
tional) to: Prometheus, 2352, 495 Ellis St, San Fran- 
cisco, CA 94102, USA. 

LEFT BANK BOOKS sponsors a Books For Prison- 
ers project. Through donations and a postage grant 
we are able to send free miscellaneous books to in- 
mates everywhere, (provided an institution allows 
them in). We offer special order books at cost (usually 
35-40% off). Prisoners and other interested person 
should write: Books For Prisoners, BoxA,92PikeSt, 
" Seattle, WA 98101, USA. 

YOUNG MAN NEEDS somebody! Anybody who 
may have the time and compassion to write me and 
give me the time of day if only for a little while. Please 
somebody. Mr Charles M Lee, 152-164, Box 45699, 
Lucasville, OH 45699-0001. USA. 

A LONELY PRISONER seeking correspondence in 
the free world. Look to be paroled in August of 1983. 
Jimmy Troy Peterson, 139284, Box 45699, Lucasville, 
OH 45699-0001, USA. Single, 33, black, brown eyes, 
tan complexion, 5'6" race, colour or creed make no 
difference. Will answer all letters. Thank you. 

AGE 26, 5'8" brown eyes. Advocate in criminal and 
civil litigation. Likes reading, writing, music. Basic 
need for meaningful relationship. Stevie W Knight, 
152172, Box 45699, Lucasville, OH 45699 0001, USA. 

I'M A GWM, 21, looking for someone to share my in- 
terests, thoughts and other things with. Please write, 
I'll answer all. Johnny Adams, 103912, Box 97, 
McAlester, OK 74501, USA. 

I'M A LONELY 21-year-old bisexual awaiting so- 
meone to hear and feel my echoes of loneliness and my 
heartbeats of love. I am in need of real associates. 
Please write: Stacey Sellers, 154-344, Box 45699, 
Lucasville, OH 45699-0001, USA. 

WM, 6'4" BODYBUILDER, 205 lbs, brown hair and 
very blue eyes. Intellient, masculine, attractive. Into 
camping, canoeing, cycling, skiing, raquetball, sex. 
How about you and 1 getting to know each other. All 
it takes is a stamp. Larry L Chaney, 95872, Box 97, 
McAlester, OK 74501. USA. 

PRISONER, 28, incarcerated for 3 years, requests 
correspondence with sincere people. Help relieve the 
loneliness I've been experiencing at mail call. Derek A 
Johnson, 157-691, Box 45699, Lucasville, OH 
45699-0001, USA. 

26 YEARS, WM, 5'9" 150 lbs, hazel eyes, blond hair, 
very lonely. Edward Risner, 163-401. Lucasville, OH 
45699-0001, USA. 

GWM, 23, 6'1" 185 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, very 
open-minded, masculine, athletic body, bodybuilder. 
L D Smith, 97484, Box 97, McAlester, OK 74501. 
USA. 



Business 



NUDE MODELS REQUIRED. Fee or royalties from 
book publication. Nude photo, address. Christopher 
E Productions, 509-4100 Ponytrail, Mississauga, ON 
L4W2Y1. 

NEW COMPANION/FRIENDSHIP meeting club. 
Free membership and lifetime ads to the first 100 en- 
quiries. JTM. 2 Bloor St West, Suite 100-316, Toron- 
to, ON M4W 3E2. 

DYNAMIC RESUMES. Total services devoted to 
your professional success. 947-1369. 

HOLD A LINGERIE and novelty party in your 
home. Host gets gift and commission. Drawer D342. 



Sen/ices 



National 



ARE YOU TIRED of never having a pencil and paper 
handy when you want to give a new friend your name 
and phone number? Why not order some profession- 
al calling cards or imprinted matchbooks TODAY. 
Only $22.00 for 250 cards and FREE card case, or 100 
matchbooks. Price includes name and phone number 
imprint. Send payment and clear copy to: Seajay 
Enterprizes, Box 624-B, Station F, Toronto, ON 
M4Y 2L8. (Ontario residents add sales tax.) Send for 
our imprinted stationery brochure. 

ARTIST, SPECIALIST IN nudes, poriraits. Com- 
missions accepted, or from stock. Samples available; 
send $1.00 for postage and handling. R. Mann, Box 
1724, Kingston, ON. 



Edmonton 



MASSAGE AND REFLEXOLOGY by Registered 
Therapist. Matthew Shumaker. Relaxation and 
therapeutic treatments. 11 am to 8 pm. Appointments 
(403)454-3079, 104-11817-123 St, Edmonton AB. 



Toronto 



SOLSTICE. GAY ASTROLOGICAL and tarot con- 
sultations. 463-9688. 

EXPERIENCED THERAPIST available to individ- 
uals/couples for interpersonal and psychosexual dif- 
ficulties. Please leave message at 535-9818. Bill San- 
ders, MSW, Certified Sexual Therapist. 

QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST 

WITH ESTABLISHED PRACTICE... offers per- 
sonal counselling to individuals .seeking to improve 
their abilities in relating to family, friends, employers 
or mates. Professional code of ethics observed. Call 



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MARCH 1983 



during business hours. Ron MacLean (416) 961-6340. 

FANTASY CLOTHES M/F. And everyday clothes. 
Custom designed or from pattern. Repairs, altera- 
tions, makeovers. Speedy, experienced, central. Dis- 
creet. Lorraine 488-7205. 

AVON CALLING . Gay male Avon rep would be hap- 
py to fill your order. For brochure, call Gaston 
924-3271. 

FRIENDS, ROMANS and countrymen, I will rent 
you my ear. Professional listener— Please call Warren 
922-8484 — for info and rates. 

MASTER LOCKSMITH and advanced apprentice 
electrician (Engineer) available for residential and in- 
dustrial/commercial work. Free estimates and best 
rates in town. Fully bonded and insured, references 
available. Call Don Brand, 466-7606 evenings. 

MASSAGE BY REGISTERED therapist. 7 days a 
week by appointment. Tor. Bathurst and St Clair. Mr 
Fung, RM. 536-6806. 



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"COME TO LONDON FOR A GAY HOLIDAY" 
— The Philbeach Hotel, 30/31 Philbeach Gardens, 
London SW5, UK, Europe's largest gay hotel. Bar, 
disco, restaurant. Tel: 01-373-1244/4544. 

BOSTON'S ONLY ALL-GAY, all-new place to stay. 
Immaculate, perfect location, private or shared 
baths, complimentary continental breakfast and 
cocktail set-ups. Oasis, 22 Edgerly Rd, Boston, MA 
02II5, USA. (617) 267-2262. One of the inn places. 

SIR! FORT LAUDERDALE has 21 bars but only one 
convenient downtown guesthouse $77-140 weekly. 
Free bar map: call afternoons 305-463-1756, Sir 
Guesthouse, 705 SE Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, 
FL 33301, USA. 

ALEXANDER'S — A true guesthouse with well- 
appointed, private accomodations; pool and sun- 
decks. Reasonable rates include daily continental 
breakfast and social hour. 1118 Fleming Street, Key 
West, FL 33040, USA. (305) 294-9919. 

Books/Mags/Films 

GAY LITERATURE. Comprehensive 58-page cata- 
log. Over 3,000 books. $2 deductible from first pur- 
chase. Elysian Fields, 81-1 3BP Broadway, Elmhurst, 
NY 11373, USA. 

WANTED. BACK ISSUES of Pan. Magpie, etc. 
Send issue numbers to drawer D257. Will pay cash 
and reply promptly. 

GAY MAGS — Blueboy, Numbers, Stars, Stallions 
etc. $4.00 regular, now 4 for $10.00 plus $2.00 postage 
and handling. Send cash or money order to Rick Mid- 
forth. RR 2, Arundel, QC, JOT lAO. 

WILL BUY USED gay films, books or mags. Send 
resume/price torGiUian, Box 627, Porcupine Plain, 
SK SOE IVO. 



MALE, 27, WITH video production experience re- 
quires full-time employment in this or other field. 
WiUing to work in Toronto area. Discreet. Drawer 
D260. 

STUDENT OR RECENT GRADUATE in interior 
design to consult and help with final details of new 
home. Reasonable rate and will pay travel expense. 
Drawer D277. 

MARKETING DIRECTOR. Design and implement 
campaigns to increase GCN's subscription and news- 
stand sales. Experience helpful. Full time, good bene- 
fits. Queries: Managing Editor, Gay' Community 
News, 167Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA. (617) 
426-4469. 

MODELS REQUIRED. PREFER 23-33 years, well 
buih. No previous experience required. Call 763-1425. 

YOUNG, ATTRACTIVE NUDE models required. 
Action photography by handsome gay professionals 
under 27. $50-$100 negotiable. Discretion assured. 
Models sought from across Canada. Photo, nude pre- 
ferably, address. Be adventurous, you'll enjoy your- 
self. Drawer D326. 

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT SOUGHT by first-year 
York University (Glendon campus) student studying 
English, French and psychology. Working in any way 
with books is my aim. Can you help? Resume sent on 
request. Drawer D345. 

PERSONABLE, ENTHUSIASTIC, well-groomed, 
self-reliant , stable individual to train as ballroom dan- 
cing instructor. Good communication skills and ge- 
nuine love of people a must — $8/hour-l- after train- 
ing. For interview, call Douglas, 844-5880 (Oakville) 
1:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Monday - Friday. 

SALES REP WANTED. Lingerie, novelties, home 
parties. High commission and lots of fun. State age, 
name and phone number. Drawer D342. 



Messages 



JOHN, RECENTLY of San Francisco, you answered 
my ad (D195) in December issue. You did not enclose 
phone number or address. Please write again. 

BOB... IN NYC OVER New Year's... I received your 
card. The address should be 162 W 56lh. Have tried to 
contact you by telephone. Please call me collect. And 
thank you too for remembering. R. 

J. THANK YOU for twelve months of passion, Jane 
Olivor, Sweeney Todd, cats, lusl. wine racks, 
Naipaul, Ford, the Rajah Sahib, General Tso, 
Haagen Dazs, Scarsdale, furlivcness, planning to 
plan the plan, certain unwelcome visitors, Arthur(?), 
the hall, Mayan ruins, battling airlines, gaps, the 
novel, laying carpel , and above all, love and laughter. 
Let's go for a zillion more. Happy anniversary. R. 

JOHN BEAUCHAMP. Remember the Mac Sex-Ed 
Party? Contact Vernon Branch. 1704-D West Robin- 
son, Norman, OK 73069, USA. 

GLOBAL STUDY/ACTION GROUP on links be- 
iween ecology, raw resources, patriarchy, lesbian /gay 
oppression, militarism, third world etc. 964-1278, 
mornings. 

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO George Evert Klip- 
perl? The Body Politic is interested in hearing from 
anyone who has information concerning this man. 
Klippert's case wa.s instrumenlal in influencing the 
l%9 Criminal Code reforms and his story should be 
lold. Anyone with information should write to TBP, 
Box 7289. Station A, Toronto, ON M5W 1X9. or call 
(416) 977-6320 and ask for Ed, Chris or Craig. Confi- 
dentiality assured. 



Volunteers 



ORGANIZATIONS seeking volunteers can find 
them in THE BODY POLITIC classifieds. Advertise 
for volunteer help and get a 50 Vo discount of f our reg- 
ular reasonable rates. 

DECORATOR WANTED — for large dance hall . Re- 
quirements — must be imaginative, responsible and 
have the ability to coax people up a 20-foot ladder. 
The Gay Community Dance Committee needs a dec- 
orating co-ordinator to design and assist in the crea- 
tion of decorations to set the theme for each dance. 
Some past themes have been: Star Gays, Time Warp, 
and Spring Prom. How would you have decorated for 
these? If you are interested in this position please 
write to: GCDC, 730 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON 
M5S 2R4. 



Groups 



PAEDOPHILE? The Paedophile Information Ex- 
change (PIE) is a campaigning self-help group which 
seeks to promote, through its international English- 
speaking membership, a wider understanding and ac- 
ceptance of the rights of paedophiles and young 
people. Write for full details to: PIE, P.O. Box 75, 
London E5 8AQ (UK). 

TRICKS ARE A PLEASURE, but Real Magic does 
better. D^il Dhraoithe Aeracha / Assembly of Gay 
Druids. 964-0691 (6-7 pm). 



Recreation 



CYCLIST WANTS TO meet others, male or female, 
interested in bicycle touring. Contact Ken 653-7554. 



Other 



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Sample and info: $2.: DomicileJLInc,7879St-Denis 
St, Montreal, QC H2R 2E9, Canada. Tel: (514) 
495-2980. 

GAY? LESBIAN? In the Canadian armed services 
now or in the past? Thrown out for being gay? We are 
looking for lesbians and gay men who have been in the 
military and can talk about their experiences. Confi- 
dentiality assured. Write to Military, c/o The Body 
Politic. Box 7289, Station A, Toronto. ON M5W 1X9 
or phone Ed Jackson at (416) 977-6320 or write Gays 
of Ottawa. Box 2919, Station D, Ottawa, ON 
KIP 5W9 or phone John Duggan at (613) 233-0152. 

GAY COURTWATCH. General court information, 
lawyer referrals, crisis referrals, support services. If 
you have been arrested or need assistance with the 
court system leave a message at room 337, Old City 
Hall or call 961-8046. We are here to help you. 

PIANO, THEORY LESSONS. Young, experienced 
teacher accepting serious students. Excellent qualifi- 
cations. Downtown -studio. All levels welcome. Pa- 
tience assured. Call 368-5973. 

WOMEN WRITERS. Arc you interested in submit- 
ting a story or essay (maximum 300 words) or some 
poems (maximum 5) or short one-act plays for 
Women and Worrfs anthology which is part of I he up- 
coming country-wide conference to be held in Van- 
couver, June 30 - July 3. Send manuscripts immedi- 
ately with SSAE to Women and Words, Box 65563, 
Station F, Vancouver, EC V5N 480. 

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money order which is refundable with first order. 
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NATIONAL/ BINATIONAL 

ZjAkoholics Anonymous. International Advisory Council lor Homo- 
sexual Men anil Women. Box 492. Village Sin. New )brk. MY 
10014 

ZlAtlantic Lesbian and Gay Association/Association des Lesbi- 
ennes el des gates de I'AUantique. contact GAE I Halifax). FLAG 
(Freaenclon) or Horttiern Lamooa Sard (Western NB). 
"ZCanadian Gty Archives. Box 639. Stn A, Toronto. 0NM5W 1G2 
(416} 977-6320 

ZlDigaity/ Canada/ Oigniti. Box 1912. Winnipeg. UBII3C 3R2 
(204) 772-4322 

~ Foundation tor the Advancement ol Canadian Transsexuals. Box 
291. Stn A. Hamillon. 0NL8N 308. (416) 529-7884 Central: Box 
2666. Winnipeg. MBB3C 4B3 SW Ontario: Ms R M Schwarlzen- 
truber. 21 Cherry St. Kitchener ON N2G 2C5 576-5248 
Z-lntegrlty (Gay Anglicans and their Friends), Canadian regional 
representative c/o Integrity/Edmonton 
ZInlernational Gay Association. Secretariat. c/oCHLR. Box 931. 
Dublin 4. Ireland Iniernalional Lesbian Intormation Secretarial, 
NVIH-COC. FreOenksplein 14. 1017 XM. Amsterdam. Nether- 
lands, ph: 234596/231 192 International Co-ordination S Intorma- 
tion Centreon Religion. Box 1. Cork. Ireland, ph: 021-505394 
~Ligo de Samseksamaj Geesperantistoj. gay Esperanto organiza- 
tion. WOCrerarAve Ottawa. 0NK1Z 7P2 
Z'New Democratic Party Gay Caucus. Box 792. Stn F. Toronto. ON 
U4Y 2N7 

~ Section on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Psychology, c/o Gary 
McDonald. OepI ol Psychology. Uol Windsor. N9A 3P4 
^Wemens Archives, Box92S. Sin 0. Toronto. 0NM4T 2PI 



BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Provincial 

. Gays and Lesbians in the United Church in BC. Box 46586. Stn 
G. \ancouver V6R 4G8 (604) 734-5355 Support group and edu- 
cational resources 
"Rural Lesbian Association, flfl 1. Ruskm. BC VON 1R0. 



Kamloops 



Thompson Area Gay Group. Box 3343. V2C 6B9.welC0mes 
women and men lo regular meetings, discussions, social events. 
Into, newsletter, peer sunport. Iriendship. 

Kelowna 

^Okanagan Gay Organization. Box 1165. Stn A, Kelowna 

VI Y 7P8 Mutual support. The group can be contacted directly by 

phone through the Kelowna Grists Centre. 

Prince Rupert 

Gay People ol Prince Rupert. Box881. V8J 3Yt. 
(604) 624-4982 (eve) 

Reveistoke 

Lothlonen Box 2054. VOE 2S0 Into, friendship, hospitality 

Terrace 

nMotlhern Lesbians. RR 2. Box 50. Usk Store. V8G 3Z9. 

Vancouver 

.Alcoholics Anonymous (Gay), 733-4590 (men). 929-2585 

(women) 

"Jlrchives Collective, Box 3130. MPO. V6B 3X6 

TiBistxual Women s Group Monthly meetings. Write Crystal. 

3085 Charles St. V5K 3B6. or call Georgia at (604) 874-1 756 or 

Joyce at 251 -6090 

iZComing Out (Gay Radio), c/o Vancouver Cooperative Radio. 337 

CarrallSl. V6B 2J4 Thurs at 6 30 pm. 102 7 MHz FM 

^ Congregation Sha ar Hayim. Jewish gay synagogue. Box 

69406 V5K 4W6 (604)255-1076 

: Daughters Unlimited. Joyce (604) 25 1 -6090. or Elisa. Dons or 

Christine (604) 254-7044 (Plans 10 open a women s club ) 

' Dignity /Vancouver. Box 3016. V6B3X5 (604)684-7810 

Gay and Lesbian Caucus ol the BC NOP. (604) 669-5434 

Gayblevision , TV show by gay people about gay lite, cultureand 
an Regular monthly and special programmes 837 Bidwell St. 
V6G 2J7 (604) 689-5661 

Gay/ Lesbian Law AssociabBn. Faculty ol Law. University ol 
British Columbia, \6ncouver 

Gay and Lesbian People ol Simon Fraser University, c/o SFU 
Student Society Simon Fraser University. Burnaby V5A 1S6 
(604) 291-3181 or 291-4539 

Gay Festival Society. Box 34397. Stn 0, V6J 4P3. (604) 
687-7129 

Gay/Lesbian Law Association , c/o Law Students Assoc. Faculty 
OiLaw. UofBC. V6T IW5 (604)228-4638 

Gty Rights Union Box 3130, MPO, 1/68 3X6 (604) 731-9605 

Gays and Lesbians ol UBC. Box 9. Student Union BIdg. U of 
British Columbia V6T 1W5 (604) 228-4638 Meets Thurs at 
12 30pmlsee The Ubyssey' lor room) 
rintegrity: Gay Anghcans and their Mends. Box34l61, StnD. 
V6J4N1 (604)873-2925 

Knights ol Malta, Dogwood Chapter Society. Box 336-810 West 
Broadway V52 1J8 

Lambda (Gty Al-Anon). Joe al (604) 689- 768 1 or Mike al 
327-8423 

Legal Advice Clinic 1244 Seymour St (VCCC) Mon. 7:30 pm 
Free advice and referrals 

Lesbian and Feminist Mothers ' Political Action Group Box 
65804. Sin F. V5N 5L3 (604) 251-6090 
'JLtsbitn and Gay Health Sciences Association c/o Gay People ol 
UBC. Box 9 Studeni Union BIdg. UBC, V6T 1W5 
T.Ltsbian Drop-In 322 W Hastings, every Wed. 7:30pm 
(604) 6840523 

"Lesbian Information Line, (604) 734-1016 Thurs. Sun. 
7- to pm 

Z Lesbian Mothers ' Dtlense Fund, c/o 1 146 Commercial Dr. 
V5L3X2 (604)251 5034 Pollack brunches last Sun of month 
r The Lesbian Show Co-op Radio, 337 Carrall Si. V6B 2J4 
102 7 MHz FM Thurs, 7 30pm 

Mettopoman Community Church. Box 5178. V6B 4B2 (604) 
681-8525 Services Sun. 7 30 pm. at 1811 West 16th Ave (at 
Burrard) 
"Parents and Friends ol Gays , 1604) 987-6027 or 988- 7786 



_ Rights ol Lesbians, (Subcommittee ol Federation of Women). 
Box 24687 Sin C. V5T 4E6. 
ORob Joyce Legal Delense Fund, c/o Gay Rights Union. 
nSEARCH, c/o VGCC. Info and counselling: (604) 689-1039, 
7- 10 pm. 

Z2Sherwood Forest, non-profit gay introduction service. 
(604) 251-2789 

^Vancouver VD Clinic. Rm 100. 828 W 10th Ave (near Gen Hosp). 
(604)874-2331. Exi 220. 

UVancouver Gay Community Centre. 1244 Seymour St. Box 2259, 
MPO. V6B 3W2 (604) 684-6869 Services, programs, magazine. 
nvancouver Men s Chorus. Box48383. Bentall Centre. V7X 1A1. 
Ron al (604) 985-5808 or Larry at (604) 669-6249 
CWomen in Focus. 204-456 WBroadway. V5Y 1R3, 
(604) 872-2250 

anung Gay People, c/o SEARCH 

D younger Lesbian Drop-In every Tues, 7-9 pm, at V/omen s Book- 
store. 322 W. Hastings 
CJodiac Fraternat Society. Box 33872. Stn D. V6J 4i6. 

Victoria 

DAIcoholics Anonymous (Gay). (604) 383-9862, 

OFeminist Lesbian Action Group. Box 1604. Sin E. V8W 2X7 

OGayMens Group. 261 2 Victor St . V8R 1N3 (604)595-6782. 

D The Island Gay Community Centre Society. 1318 Balmoral Rd. 

V8R1L7 Gay Cali al 1923 Fernwood every Thurs till midnight, and 

bowling, sell-defence classes, volleyball and swimming, 

C^Need (Victoria Crisis Line). (604) 383-6323. 24 hrs. Some gay 

into availabte. 

DUniversily ol Victoria Gay Focus Club. Student Union BIdg. U ol 

Victoria. Box 1700. V8W 2Y2, 

awomyn 's Coffee House. 1923 Fernwood, Every Wfed evening. 

ALBERTA 

Provincial 

L Mberta Lesbian and Gay Rights Association (ALGRA), Box 1852. 
Edmonton T5J 2P2. 



Calgary 



aCamp 181 Association. Box 965. Stn T T2H 2H4 Dances, 
campouls. sports and other activities lor lesbians and gays, 
nCalgary Lambda Centre Society. Box 357 Sin M. T2P 2H9. 
aCalgary Gay Fathers. Conlact GIRO for info. 
aOignity/ Calgary. Box 1492. Sin I T2H 2H7 
OFronlrunners Group (gay AA). Box 181. Stn M. T2P 2M7 
OGay Fathers Into: contact GIRC Polluck lirsi Sun ol the month, 
OGay Inlormation and Resources Calgary. Old Y BIdg. Sles 
317-323. 223 l2AveSW. T2P 0G9 (403)234-8973. Into and 
counselling Mon-Fri. 7-10 pm. Dances, discussion groups, news- 
letter, gay rights action Wtite: Box 2715. Stn M. T2P 3C1. 
OGay Leisure Unk. Non-challenging, non-sexual social organiza- 
tion Box 1812. StnM. T2P 2L8 

OGay Political Action Committee, c/o Box 2943. Stn M, T2P 3C3. 
Education and lobbying . 

Olmperial Court ol the Chinook Arch, (403) 282-6393. Entertain- 
ments and social events. 

OIntegrity (Gay Anglicans and their Friends), c/o Box 34. Stn G. 
T3A 2GI. 

OLambda Centre, community centre project. Box357, Stn M, 
T2P 2H9 

OLesblan Inlormation Line, (403)265-9458. Tues-Fri. 8-10 pm, 
with 24 hr answering service. Operated by Womyn 's Collective, 
r ]Lesblan Mothers. Lynn al (403) 264-6328 or 275-8362, or call 
LIL. Polluck lirsi Sun oleach month. 
OLesblan Outreach and Support Team. Box 6093. Sin A. 
T2H 214.(403)281-2895 

OLesbians and Gays at University ol Calgary, Students Club. 
MacEwanHall. Uol Calgary. T2N 1N4. 
OMetropolilan Community Church. 204-16 Ave. NW. T2M 0H4 
(403)277-4004 Services Sun 1 1:30 am and 7 pmal above 
address 

ORIghl To Privacy Committee. Box 2943. Sin M, T2P 3C3 Into on 
gays and the law. legal relerrals. 

nwomyn's Collective. (403) 265-9458. Dances, library, lesbian 
drop-ins every Tues. Sponsors LIL. 

Edmonton 

ODignity Edmonton Oigniti. Box 53, T5B 2B7 
OEdmonton Roughnecks Recreation Association, c/o GATE Vol- 
leyball, sollball, gymnastics 

' ]Gay Alliance Toward Equality, Box 1852, T5J 2P2, Office 
10173-104 SI (403) 424-8361 Into and counselling. Mon-Sal. 
710 pm. Sun 2-5 pm Also coffeehouses, socials, newsletter, 
resource library 

Gay Fathers S Lesbian Mothers. For into call (403) 424-8361 
Olnter/Ed. Box 12G. 982a- 104 SI. T5K Oil (403) 421-7629 
(Jim) 

I Integrity (Gay Anglicans and Their Friends), c/o I2G. 9820- 104 
SI. T5K0Z1 (403)421-7629 

'. Metropolitan Community Church ol Edmonton. Box 1312. 
T5J 2M8 (403)482-4213 Worship Sun al 7 30 pm. Unitarian 
Church. 12530-1 10 Ave 

OPrivacy Delence Committee, c/o Box 1852. T5J 2P2 
OWomonspace. No 7. 8406- 104 St. T6E 4G2 (403) 433-3559 
(Jeanne) Social & recreational group lor lesbians. 

Red Deer 

Gay Association ol Red Deer. Box 356. T4N 5E9 

SASKATCHEWAN 

Provincial 

AHirm/ Saskatchewan, lesbians and gays in the United Church 
422 Smallwood Ores. Saskatoon. S7L 4S4 

Dignity/ Saskatchewan (gay Catholics and Iriends). Box 3181. 
Regina S4P 3G7 

Gay Rights Subcommittee. Saskatchewan Association lor Human 
Rights. 305-ll63rdAveS. Saskatoon. S7K 1L5 
(306) 244- 1933 

Prince Albert 

Prince Albert Gay Community Centre. The Zodiac Club). Box 
1893 S6V6J9 1-24 lOlhSl.E (306)922-4650 Phone line Wed- 
Thurs. 8-10 pm. social evenings Fri-Sat. 10 pm- 2 am 



Regina 

ORumours (gay community centre). 2069 Broad St (back en- 
trance). (306)522-7343. 

ORegina Women's Community and Rape Crisis Centre 219-1810 
Smith SI. S4P 2N3, (306) 522-2777, 352-7688. 

Saskatoon 

OGay i Lesbian Support Services, 217-116 3rd Ave S. Operates 
Gayline Mailing address: Box 8581. 
OGay/Lesbian Community Centre. Box 1662. S7K 3R8. Phone 
Gayline lor info on dance and special event locations and dales, 
OGayline, (306)665-9129 Mon-Thurs. 7:30-10:30 pm. Counsel- 
ling, support groups available. 
OLutherans Concerned. Box 8187 S7K 6C5 
astubble Jumper Press. 21-303 Queen St. S7K 0M1 

MANITOBA 

Provincial 

OManitoba Gay Coalition. Box 27 UMSU. University of Manitoba. 
Winnipeg R3T 2N2, (204) 269-8678, 

Brandon 

OGay Friends ol Brandon. Box 492. R7A 5Z4. (204) 727-4046. 



Portage-la-Prairie 



OBI-Wemen s Support Group, Box 820, R I N 3C3. 
(204) 857-5295. For bisexual viomen. 



Thompson 



OGay Friends ol Thompson. Box 151 R8N 1N2. (204)677-5833 
(8-10 pm. Tues and Thurs). 



Winnipeg 



[ ]Allirm: Gays and Lesbians olthe United Church 453-3984 
(Eric) or 452-2853 (Dave), 

r Xouncilon Homosexuality and Religion. Box 1912. R3C 3R2. 
(204)269-8678. 772-8215, Worship, counselling, library 
ODignity/Wlnnipeg. Box 1912. R3C3R2. 
OGay AA New Freedom Group. Box 248 1 , or contact through Man- 
itoba Central Olfice, (204) 233-3508, 
OGayAIAnon Group Info: Gays lor Equality, 
OGay Community Centre. 277 Sherbrooke SI. (204) 786- 1236. In- 
corporating Giovanni s Room, a cafi for lesbians and gay men. 
Open every day al 5:30 pm, Sunal 1 pm. Fully licensed, 
OGay Parents, c/o Gays lor Equality. 
OGays lor Equality. Box 27 UMSU. Uol Manitoba, R3T 2N2, 
(204) 269-8678. Otfices at Community Centre and UofM (Rm 
102S. Unlv Centre) Counselling, into, rap sessions, public educa- 
tion and law reform. Lesbian counsellors on Tues evenings. 
OLesblan Drop-In. Thurs. 7-10 pm at 730 Alexander Ave. Enter- 
tainment & coffee 

OLesblan Line, (204) 774-0007 Thurs, 7:30-10 pm. 
OMutual Friendship Society, Inc. Box 427. R3C 2H6. 
(204) 774-3576. Social and educational programmes. Operates 
Happenings Social Club. 272 Sherbrook St, 
OOscar Wilde Memorial Society, Box2221. R3C 3R5 Varietyof 
social, cultural and educational activities. 
OProject Lambda. Inc. gay community services. Box 391 1. Stn B. 
R2W5H9 (204)942-1983. 

OWInnlpeg Gay Media Collective, Box 27 UMSU, U ol Manitoba, 
R3T 2N2. (204) 269-8678 Produces 'Xomlng Out, " weekly hall- 
hour cable cast (Thurs, II pm. Channel 13W). 
OWInnlpeg Gay Ybuth, c/o GFE 
OUnlversity ol Winnipeg Gay Students Association Info: 
(204) 269-8678 
OYoursell. Box 2790. R3C 3R5. For bisexual men and women. 

ONTARIO 

Provincial 

OCoalltion lor Gay Rights In Ontario. Box 822. Stn A. Toronto 
M5W 1G3. (416) 533-6824 

Cambridge 

OWani to start a groups Please write Box 1496. N1R 7G7 

Ear Falls/ Red Lake Area 

OEar Falls Gays. Box48l Ear Falls. POV ITO, (807)222-2185 

Georgetown 

OGeorgetown Gay Friends. Box223. L7G 4T1. (416)877-0228. 
OHomophlles ol Halton Hills. 35 Lynden Circle. L7G 4Y7 (4 16) 
877-5524 Drop-ins every Wed. 



Guelph 



OGuelph Gay Equality. Box 773. NIH 6L8. Gayline: 
(519) 836-4550. 24 hrs. 

Hamilton 

OAlcohollcs Anonymous (Gay), meets Sat at 8 pmal 15 Queen St 

S (side entrance). 

f ^Gay Archives /History Project lor Hamilton-Wentworth (416) 

639-6050 Looking lor photos, clippings, personal accounts ol gay 

lile and liberation in Hamilton, especially pre-1979 

OGay Fathers ol Hamilton Support, advice. Meets twice a month. 

Call Gayline lor into 

[ iGayline Hamilton, into on all groups and activities, peercounsel- 

ling (416) 523-7055 Wed-Fri. 7-11 pm 

r ]Gay Women s Collective, c/o Gayline Meets 2n(l Mon ol month. 

I .Hamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS), a meeting ol men and 

women, young and old, wilh discussions and speakers Meets on 

alternate Weds. Gay Community Centre. Suite 207 41 King William 

SI. 7 30 pm Call Gayline lor further info 

I Address lor all Hamilton groups listed above: Box 44. Sin B. 

L8L 775 

Metropolitan Community Church. Box 344. Sin A. L8N 3C8 
Service every Sun., 2 30pm, 2nd lloor sanctuary. FirstPlace. 
350 King SI E 



Kingston 



I Queen's Homophlle Association. 51 Queen's Crescent. Queen's 
University K7L 2S7 (613) 547-2836. Mon-Fri. 7-9 pm Drop-m 
Thurs nighls. monthly dances 



USappho-Wllde House, l Aberdeen SI. K7L 3M9 Gay and lesbian 
co-op. provides space lor anishc. social and political activities . 

Kitchener/Waterloo 

OGay Liberation ol Waterioo. c/o Federation ol Students. U of 

Waterloo. Waterloo N2L 3G1 (519)884-GiOW. Colleehouse every 

Wed at 8, 30 pm. Campus CIr rm 110 

OGay News and Views, radio programme. Tues. 6-8 pm. CKMS- 

FM. 94 5MHz. 105 7 MHz on Grand River Cable, 200 University 

AveW.(519)886-CKMS 

OGays ol Willrld Laurier University, c/o GLOW, 

or/2 i 1/2 Club. 223 1/2 King SI (enter from Halls Lane). 

(519) 742-9987 Private disco club, licensed. Thurs-Sat.8 pm- 

3 am. 

OInternatlonal Women's Day Committee. Box 1491. SInC. Kit- 
chener. N2G 4P2 

OKItchener-Waterloo Gay Media Collective, Box274l. SInB. Kit- 
chener, N2H 6N3 (519)579-3325, 

OLeaping Lesbians, radio programme, Thurs, 6 to 8 pm. CKMS- 
FM. 94.5 MHz. 105.7 MHz cable. Write c/o LOOK. 
OLesblan Organization ol Kitchener, Box 2422, Sin B. Kitchener 
N2H 6M3, (519) 744-4863, Womyns coffeehouse lirsi Thurs of 
month al 85 Highland Rd W, Kitchener 

London 

OGay Youth London, c/o HALO. Meets Thurs al 7 pm, 2nd lloor, 

649 Colborne SI. (519) 433-3762. 

OGayline. (519) 679-6423. Into 24 his/day Peer counselling Mon 

and Thurs. 7- 10 pm. 

OHomophile Association ol London, Ontario (HALO). 649 Colborne 

St. N6A 3Z2 (519) 433-3762, Collee House: Sun and Mon. 

7-10 pm. Disco/Bar: FriandSal. 9pm -1:30 am. 

OMelnpolltan Community Church, Box 4724, Stn D, N5W 5L7 

Services Sun, 7:30 pm al Unitarian Church. 29 Victoria St W. north 

entrance to Gibbons Park. Into: V\/orship Coordinator. 

(519) 433-9939 Rides: (519)432-9690. 



Mississauga/ Brampton 



DGEM: Gay Community Outreach. Box 62. Brampton L6V 2K7. 
OGayline West, (416)453-GGC0, Peer counselling. 
OParents olGays Mississauga. c/o Anne Rutledge. 3323 Kings 
Maslings Cres. L5L ;G5, (416)820-5130. 



Niagara Region 



OGayline. (416)354-3173. 

OGay Unity Niagara. Box 692. Niagara Falls L2E 6V5, 

OGay Trails, lor lesbians and gay men who enjoy hiking Day and 

overnight trips planned. Visitors welcome. Write Gay Trails. Box 

1053. MPO. SI Catharines. L2R7A3. or call (416) 685-6431 

before 9 am. 



North Bay 



OCarIng Homosexuals Association ol North Bay. Box 649. 
Callander POH WO (705)472-0909. 

Ottawa 

ODignlty/0ttawa/Dlgmt6. Box 2102, Stn D, KIP 5W3. 
OGay People at Carleton, c/o CUSA, Carleton University For more 
into, call (613) 238-1717 

OGays ol Ottawa/Gals del'Outaouais, Box2919 Stn D, K1P5W9. 
GO Centre. 175 Lisgar St: open 7:30-10:30 pm Mon-Thurs, Thurs: 
lesbian drop-in. 8 pm: Fri: social, 7:30 - 1 am: Sal: women 's 
night, 7:30 pm - 1 am: Sun: AA Live S Let Live group, 8 pm. Gay- 
line: (613) 238-1717 Mon-Fri 7:30 - 10:30 pm. recording other 
times. Office: (613) 233-0152. 

OGay Youth Ottawa/Hull/Jeunesse Gal(e) d'Ottawa/Hull For into 
call or write Gays ol Ottawa. Meeting/drop-in, Wed 8 pm. 
175 Lisgar SI. 

OIntegrity /Ottawa, (gay Anglicans and their Iriends) c/o SI 
George's Anglican Church. 152 Metcalfe St. K2P IN9 
(613) 235-2516, 9-5. Mon-Fri, Meets 2nd and 4lh Weds at 
7:30 pm. al SI George's 

OLesblennes et gais du campus/Lesbians and Gays on Campus, 
c/o SFUO, 85 rue Hastey Street. KIN 6N5. 
DLIve and Let Live Group lor gay alcoholics. Contact GO, 
OMetropolilan Community Church, Box 2979, Stn D,KIP5W9 
(613)232-0241, 
OParents OlGays, Box 9094, K1G 3T8. 



Peterborough 



OGays and Lesbians at Trent and Peterborough, 262 Rubidge St, 
K9J 3P2. (705) 742-6229 Ollice hours: 7:30-10 pm. Tues-Thurs. 
Gay Alcoholics Anonymous meets (closed group) Tues at2 pm 



Sudbury 



OSudbury Lesbians and Gays (SLAG). Box 395, Stn B. P3E 4P6. 
(705)675-5711 



Thunder Bay 



ONorthern Women's Centre. 316 Bay St. P7B 1S1 

(807) 345-7802 

OGays ol Thunder Bay. Box2155. P7B 5E8 (807)345-8011. 

Wed and Fri 7 30-9 30 pm. Recording other times Meets Tues 

Dances held monthly. 

Toronto 

For inlormation on groups in Toronto, check Out In The City 

Windsor 

OGay/Lesblan Inlormation Line, Box 7002, Sandwich Postal Stn. 

N9C3YC. (519)973-4951. 

[Mntegrlty, (gay/lesbian Anglicans), c/o Box 7002, Sandwich 

Postal Stn. N9C 3Y6. (519) 973-4951. 

\ ]Lesblan and Gay Students on Campus, c/o Students ' Aclivilies 

Council, UotWindsor (519)973-4951 Rap sessions weekly 

ULesblan/Gay Youth Group, c/o Box 7002. Sandwich Postal Stn, 

N9C3Y6, (519) 973-4951. 



QUEBEC 

Charlevoix 

OAssoclatlon pour les droits des gals de Charievoix, CP 724, Cler- 
mont. GOT ICO (418)439-2080. 

Hull 

r Association gale de I ouest quibicois. CP 1215. succ B. 
J8X 3X7 (819)778-1737 



48rrHE BODY POLITIC 



MARCH 1983 



LennoxvHIe 

{JGiy students Alliance. Box 831. Bishop's University/ 
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Into: 429-4063. Music and conversation. 

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OSparrow, (gay and lesbian Christians and Iriends), c/o Hope 

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Gerald Hannon taps into the phone-fantasy network 

Dial, dial, my darling 



Brandon, if you're reading this, I 
have a confession to mai<e: 1 
didn't cum. I icnow I said I did, 
and I made all my usual noises, 
but if you want the truth, I didn't 
even have a hard-on for our last five 
minutes together. And I was really try- 
ing, 1 mean I really was. 

I lied because I just couldn't face dis- 
appointing you, Brandon. You worked 
so hard, you loved my body and you 
even managed to cum when I "did." 
Though — more truth — I don't think 
you really came either, even though you 
moaned noisily about taking me all the 
way to the back of your throat and gob- 
bling my cum till there wasn't a drop 
left. (Did you smoke afterwards, a 
friend of mine asked. Did he?) 

Brandon was my first-ever Fantasy 
Friend. In fact, he was the first friend 
I've ever had who came with a very pre- 
cise price tag — he cost exactly $35, 
posted efficiently to my already-bloated 
VISA card. He would have been my 
friend for life if I'd arranged somehow 
never to hang up the phone, and you 
have to admit that's a bargain. The only 
other lifetime arrangement I know of is 
marriage, and it'll set you back a tidy 
sum more than $35. 

Brandon became my friend because I 
dialed 1-800-268-2238. (It turned out to 
be only a fifteen-minute friendship. Like 
I said, I wasn't really turned on. Maybe 
it was the satin sheets he talked about. 
Never could stand satin sheets.) That put 
me in touch with a nice lady receptionist 
at Telefantasy, who put me in touch with 
Brandon, after I answered her "What 
kind of fantasy would you like ful- 
filled?" with a vague and stammery, 
"I'dlike to talk to a gay man...." 

Telefantasy is a Toronto enterprise, 
one of several that the media have taken 
to calling telephone sex clubs. They pre- 
fer to think of themselves as a combina- 
tion lonely hearts club and, yes, realizers 
by phone of any fantasy — deep, dark 
or otherwise — that you'd care to neune. 
And to spend $35 on; that's the standard 
fee. Managers of the services I talked to 
hasten to say sex isn't the only thing peo- 
ple call about, but they're equally frank 
establishing that fantasy playmates (yup, 
they're called that too) won't spend 
much of their time forced to talk about 
art or music or problems of bilateral dis- 
armament. It's all perfectly legal, which 
apparently makes the Morality Bureau 
quite faint from frustration — fantasy 
friends and clients just can't ever meet in 
the flesh, so to speak, and the agencies 
all say they're very strict about that. 

No Canadian agency I'm aware of is 
entirely gay, though at least two, Tele- 
fantasy and Arouse, have gay or bi em- 
ployees and are trying to b'reak into the 
gay market. Telefantasy' s Bill Wallace 
says, of his thirty employees, his eight 
men are all either gay or bi. Gerry 
Goodis of Arouse says he has "two girls 
who can handle calls from lesbians" and 
he's got several gay men on line, too. All 
work out of their own homes and typic- 
ally earn 30-40% of the fee the agency 
charges the caller. Wallace says take- 
home pay can average four to five hun- 
dred dollars a week — and that's from 
being on call a maximum ten hours a day, 
five days a week. "You've got to keep a 




fresh attitude and a fresh sound," he 
says. Business wgood. Telefantasy logs 
on average fifty calls a day — 759/o from 
straight men, 5% from straight women, 
the rest pretty equally divided between 
gay men and lesbians. And can you real- 
ly talk about anything"] "No fantasy is 
forbidden," says Wallace, and if you 
want to get into doing it with a nine- 
year-old boy, that's just fine. Orgies? 
No problem. Telefantasy will provide up 
to seven people on line, each one a mere 
$5 over the basic charge. "We've tried," 
he says, "to cover all the bases." 

But back to Brandon and me. Maybe 1 
like the rude, coarse suddenness of a call 
out of the blue with an authentically 
horny man at the end of the hne — but 
Brandon just sounded a bit too polished, 
slithering around on those satin sheets, 
wanting to gobble my big pink cock 
(how'd he know you weren't black, my 
friend asked), and moaning as if Cal 
Culver has just sat on his face. 

He was a nice guy, though. I talked to 
him "for real" afterwards. He's been 
doing this for about three months and 
gets to handle five to ten calls a day. He 
says he actually cums for many of them. 
"Everybody's different," he says. "I 
never get tired of it. I enjoy my work." 

Now I want to tell you about Allan. 
Allan is studying Business and English at 
UCLA, but that's not what I'll really 
remember him for. I'll more likely recall 
his 10 '/:" dick (true, he told me later) 
and that I found him by calling an 
American phone-sex service. The Hot 
Line, also known as The Erection Con- 
nection, in Los Angeles. 

1 f it 's typically Canadian to have two 
services in Toronto that will consider gay 
clients, it's typically American to have 
not only exclusively gay services, but 
even ones that cater to special interests. 
Recently, the California-based gay paper 
The Advocate can'K(i twenty-one dis- 
play ads for agencies ranging all the way 



from My World ("The total phone ser- 
vice for cultured men") to Peter's S&M 
Phone Action ("Beginner's consultation 
or extra heavy-duty") with stops in be- 
tween at Dial-a-Load ("Top man. Deep 
Voice. Hairy Chest. Hard Pecs. Fat 
Dick. Huge Balls."), Roughrider ("Had 
enough of Urban Cowboys? Our studs 
are hung with Grade 'A' prime and are 
waiting to shoot off with you"), and the 
prissily illustrated but deliciously adjec- 
tival Jeremy's Pleasure Line ("Listen to 
our guys fiexing, sweating and straining 
while their throbbing, greased rods get 
ready to unleash gobs of stud juice just 
for you"). 

I chose The Hot Line because they 
had a big ad and looked middle-of-the- 
road — I wasn't sure I was ready for gobs 
of stud juice. I settled on a fantasy I've 
never had, that I was a thirteen-year-old 
boy at summer camp who would have his 
first gay experience with his camp coun- 
sellor. I took eight inches of hard plastic 
into my hand and dialed. A friendly 
American voice answered, took my 
name, address, phone number and VISA 
card info, asked about my fantasy, said 
Uh-huh when I told him, asked how old 
the fantasy playmate should be, hairy or 
smooth, cut or uncut, blond or dark, 
dominant or passive, and whether I 
wanted lots of sucking or lots of fucking 
or did it matter? A bit of both, 1 said. 
Uh-huh. Hang up, he said. Somebody'll 
call you in five minutes. Five minutes 
later the operator called to say 1 had a 
collect call from Allan in Los Angeles and 
would I accept the charges? I would. 

"Hi, Gerry" (I thought Gerry 
sounded more thirteen-year-old). "I'm 
Allan. I'm twenty-four, I've got black, 
curly hair, I'm six feet tall, blue eyes, 
chest hair, pecs with good definition. 
You know, I've been noticing you 
around the camp this summer, Gerry. 
You're a bit different from the other 
guys and I like you a whole lot. I've been 



watching you swim and I think you 
could be a real great swimmer, but I 
think you need a little help with your 
stroke. It's a rainy afternoon; why don't 
you come back to my cabin and I'll give 
you a few pointers." 

Well, I'm glad I went; Allan was 
great. We had a long, slow talk that built 
up the dramatic situation in convincing 
detail and I could say as much or as little 
as I wanted. Mostly I commented 
"sure" or "that's a good idea," or 
"come on, nobody's got one that big," 
and lay out on the the fioor playing with 
myself and slowly jerking off. He asked 
to see my stroke. The swim variety, 1 
mean, and said maybe it would be easier 
for him to suggest improvements if we 
took off our shirts ("Hey, your pecs 
aren't bad, Gerry") and then, hell, he 
said, it'd be even better if he could stand 
behind me and put his arms out over 
mine to guide me. "Sorry about that 
bump up against your ass, Gerry, but 
when you've got 10 '/2" it's hard to keep 
it out of the way." 

It consistently amazed me how seri- 
ously he took the "fact" that this was to 
be my first homosexual experience. The 
situation heated up real slowly, the first 
sexual hint coming well on in the conver- 
sation, a joking jocky reference to the 
hair under my arms: "I'll bet that's not 
the OAi/y place you've got hair!", and the 
voice and tone were always reassuring, 
never pushy. When the talk finally got 
sexually expUcit, he repeated several 
times that this was normal, there was 
nothing to be ashamed of, that men 
could do this to each other and there was 
nothing wrong. If I wanted, 1 could just 
take the head of his cock in my mouth 
and he wouldn't push it in any further, 
and when the time finally came for me to 
get fucked he eased it in real slow and 
kept asking if it hurt. Frankly, by this 
time I'd stopped pretending to be thir- 
teen and worried, and just wanted every 
one of those twenty-seven centimetres (I 
forgot to tell him we'd gone metric up 
here) right up my bum. 

So I came (though it's a real bother 
having to devote one hand to the damn 
receiver) and he said he came (though I 
don't really believe it and I don't know 
why) and then we just chatted for an- 
other quarter hour. I found out he was a 
student and part-time model who'd been 
at this for six months. He found out 
Toronto was not a suburb of Montreal. 

Allan said I should look him up if I'm 
ever in Los Angeles, but I don't think I 
will. I know what happens to fantasies 
when the lights come on. And I don't 
think I'll call again; thirty-five bucks is a 
bit much. 1 can always go back to jerk- 
ing off in front of a mirror, excited by 
how wicked 1 am to have my pants off. 

But if you like hot talk on the phone 
and you've got the bucks, these guys'll 
get you off. Or some of them. And if 
you really are thirteen, or if you're stuck 
in godknowswhere or in some marriage 
you can't or don't want to get out of and 
you want to meet somebody but there's 
nobody, then — and I wish you didn't 
have to pay — they're there, iwcnty-four 
hours a day every day of the year. And 
here's a special wish lor you, you 
thirteen-year-old who's dying-for-it: I 
hope you get Allan. I 1 



MARCH 1983 



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