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Stayingon 27 

' 'An openly gay churchgoer is an anomaly to most people, ' ' writes David 
Townsend, a "Christian of a reasonably traditional stripe." But for David, Paul 
t\/lurphy, Sue Mabey and others like them, sticking with the church provides 
the challenge of bringing together their faith and their sexuality. 

Anger and richness 33 

"The writing I have read by third world lesbians," says hJlary Meigs, "is 
suffused by a sense of common rage, leaping among them like tongues of fire." 
But in that rage there is also a rare integrity that offers hope of "the truth that 
happens when women talk directly to each other." 

Lessons from the raids 12 

The police actions against Montreal's Truxx in 1977, Edmonton 's Pisces Spa 
in 1981 and six baths in Toronto that same year were frightening experiences 
for those involved, but years of defence work have taught a whole community 
how to beat the busts. Roger Spalding reports. 

"Unspeakablyfilthy" 7 



Judge David Vanek spoke a good deal about the unspeakable in his March 4 
judgment against Glad Day's Kevin Orr — so much so that he ordered people 
under 16 out of the courtroom before he began. Lawyer Dianne Martin says the 
decision sets "a dangerous precedent"; an appeal is in the works. 

Pornography and prohibition 31 

A social poison unleashing the brutal passions of men. That's what 
the temperance movement called alcohol — and what a new movement is 
saying about pornography. Tim McCaskell draws a parallel and asks where 
the anti-porn forces are leading us. 

Coping with coupledom 47 

What do you do when you come on to your lover and he doesn 't respond? 

A common enough question — if we had any place to ask It of each other. Merv 

Walker says it 's time for a gay Ann Landers — but with a difference. 



Warning: Ostrom inside 

Reader Mictiael Wellwood of Vancouver wrote 
us recently to say that lie had been leafing 
through old copies of TBP at the public library, 
and that it had turned out to be an embarrass- 
ing situation. Why? "Because whenever I en- 
countered a Gary Ostrom cartoon that I had 
never seen before I broke into uncontrollable 
laughter. A public library is not the place for 
this. Perhaps the problem could be solved by 
saying on the cover, warning, do not read 

IN A PUBLIC PLACE, OSTROM INSIDE. ' ' 

Michael went on to suggest that we publish 
a volume of Ostrom 's collected works that he 
could enjoy in the privacy of his own home. 
We don 't have our publishing act together 
enough to take him up on that right now, but 
we did get Gary to provide a little something 
for this issue. It's on page 32. Be prepared 
for sacrilege. 

Our omission: The photo of Kate Clinton 
which appeared on page 39 of our March 
issue was taken by Debbie Bloomfield, 

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Although the January rSP article, 
"Fanning the flames: Fire Brigade vs 
Red Hot," is a fair account of the Van- 
couver campaign against hard-core (het- 
erosexual) pornography, your editorial, 
"Arson, abortion and freedom," con- 
tains a number of inaccuracies which I 
am sure you will want publicly corrected. 

By now you have discovered that 
Jackie Goodwin, the author of the arti- 
cle, was right when she separated the 
Wimmin's Fire Brigade from the groups 
that are protesting the spread of violent 
pornography. 

It is not true, therefore, that "The 
women's movement is on the march and 
the law isn't going to stand in their 
way." We have, in fact, spent eight 
months trying to get the Criminal Code 
enforced in our province. The docu- 
mented evidence of that campaign was 
the basis of our complaint to the Om- 
budsman. Both the police and the At- 
torney General have acknowledged our 
usefulness to them in their investigation. 

It is not true, either, that we have not 
presented evidence. We have watched 
the films, outlined their scenarios. Those 
of us who are involved with transition 
houses, of course, see the evidence daily. 
Since the straight male establishment 
does not acknowledge the validity of 
that evidence (although the police do), 
we have also made ourselves aware of 
the scientific evidence about the link be- 
tween violent pornography and violence 
against women. At one point we seemed 
to have the only copies in Vancouver of 
the then-unpublished papers summar- 
izing the most recent research. 

It is not true that we have not en- 
couraged the exploration of the subtle- 
ties of the issue. The very fact that we 
confined our objections to violent heter- 
osexual pornography indicates that we 
have made a distinction between erotica 
and hard-core pornography. It is true 
that we fail to see anything subtle or am- 
biguous about the crude message of 
straight hard-core: that women deserve 
or like to be abused. 

It is probably true that we have been 
naive in assuming that almost all citizens 
opposed violent pornography. Certainly 
we were naive in not understanding the 
importance of pornography to some sec- 
tions of the homosexual community. 
Your January issue was certainly enlight- 
ening on that score. As Jackie made 
clear, however, we are not opposing gay 
erotica, which we did not survey. 

It is certainly not true that we have 
evaded responsibility and public debate. 
We have lost count of the number of 
radio and TV shows we have been on, 
and every women's group has a file of ar- 
ticles and letters written on the subject. 

To my knowledge, we have never 
refused an opportunity to debate our 
position. If anyone has avoided public 
debate, it has been the homosexual com- 
munity. It is unfortunate that you have 
now chosen to begin with an editorial 
containing so much misinformation. 
Since you have, let us at once dispose of 
a prevalent myth: that we are supporting 
censorship. We are supporting regula- 
tion of a commercial product, as Tom 
Waugh perceived when he referred to 
"the commoditization of sexuality 



throughout the patriarchal-capitalist 
society" (TBP, Jan /Feb, p 33). 
Specifically, we are opposing the com- 
moditization of sex and violence against 
women. 

We thought your suggestion of 
"openly creating and publishing an 
alternative sexual imagery" an interest- 
ing one. When we have equal pay for 
work of equal value and have adequate 
state-supported daycare, more of us may 
have time for that pursuit. You should 
probably recognize, however, that visual 
stimulation seems less important to 
women than to men. In general, we are 
interested in relationships rather than 
simple turn-ons, and we are not particu- 
larly interested in propaganda that tells 
us we should be more like men. 

Instead of an alternative art, which 
seems remote at the moment, may we 
present an alternative ethic? Profit does 
not justify hate propaganda against half 
the population. Sexual stimulation does 
not justify hate propaganda against 
women. 

Your editorial warns feminists to 
question their associates in this power 
struggle. When you find yourselves 
allied with the straight capitalist estab- 
lishment, do you not question your 
associates? 

Donna J Stewart, Co-ordinator, 
North Shore Women 's Centre 
Vancouver 

Attached to this letter was the following 
definition of pornography, as used by Jillian 
Riddington in a discussion paper to be 
presented to the Association of Women and 
the Law: 

Pornography is a presentation, whether 
live, simulated, verbal, pictorial, filmed or 
videotaped, or otherwise represented, of sex- 
ual behaviour in which one or more partici- 
pants are coerced, overtly or implicitly, into 
participation; or are injured or abused physi- 
cally or psychologically; or in which an im- 
balance of power is obvious, or implied by 
virtue of the immature age of any participant 
or by contextual aspects of the presentation, 
and in which such behaviour can be taken to 
be advocated or endorsed. 

Big-small brick wall 

This letter really belongs in the straight 
press, but I'll take the more secure route 
of preaching to the converted. 

My frustrations as a gay man in this 
"big small town" are nothing in com- 
parison to a friend I have just met (last 
evening, in fact, as I write this). Whereas 
I am single and living in very modest 
quarters with two psychotic budgies, my 
friend (I'll call him Sam) lives across 
town in a bungalow with a wife and two 
young children. 

I am the first gay in St Catharines 
"Sam" has met. Like me, he escapes to 
Toronto periodically, if for nothing else 
than to free himself from the tension of 
being gay in this city with a backwoods 
mentality. "Sam" and his wife have 
mapped out a divorce route to follow 
which, as was intended, puts the emo- 
tional stability of their children first. 
"Sam" truly loves his kids and, 
although he's heard of Gay Fathers 
organizations in Hamilton and Toronto, 
he feels isolated in St Catharines. 

I too feel that isolation, but at least I 



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"The homosexual movement is full 

of gay grafters. And like so many gentle 

grafters in other movements, they are 

sort of fun...." 



have a number of confidants at work. 
"Sam" doesn't find the same element of 
trust among his co-workers. He deals 
with teen-aged children daily and the 
age-old myths preached by the Phyllis 
Schlaflys and Jerry Falwells of this 
world pollute his working environment. 

"Sam" is in no danger of going off 
the deep end, or at least he certainly 
doesn't appear to be. On his behalf, 
however, I'd like to express the frustra- 
tion felt by people who, having "come 
out" to themselves, run into a societal 
brick wall. 

I realize there's no problem-solution 
formula to this letter and I know that 
many of my feelings are shared by les- 
bians and gay men in Vancouver, Mon- 
treal, Toronto and other large cities. 
However, I sense large gay communities 
become smug, despite and because of 
police harassment, in the knowledge that 
they have each other for support. 

People like "Sam" give me a reason 
to feel I too have a community to fight 
for, however small. 
In frustration but hope. 
Ken Chaplin 
St Catharines, Ontario 



Gentle grafters 



Weep not over the joining of Jack Camp- 
bell to the National Gay Task Force staff 
(TBP, December '82). For the alliance is 
both fitting and proper. It will further the 
common interests of both. 

The takings of the NGTF are often 
high, and so that agency has naturally 
attracted its share of careerist charlatans 
and second-rate profiteers. These types 
are inevitably eager to cash in on dubi- 
ous schemes that seem entirely plausible 
to earnest, middle-class, guilt-ridden 
supporters and susceptible public 
officials. 

The homosexual movement is full of 
gay grafters. And like so many gentle 
grafters in other movements, they are 
sort of fun — provided only that we 
recognize them for what they are and 
don't try to take them seriously. 

All good wishes to The Body Politic. 
Don Slater, 

Homosexual Information Center 
Los Angeles 

AIDS: killing ourselves 

As a gay man with AIDS, I have encoun- 
tered many instances of ignorance and 
insensitivity. Yet never have I encoun- 
tered such shocking ingnorance and in- 
sensitivity in one place as in The Body 
Pontic's "The Case Against Panic" 
(November '82). Subheaded "Getting 
the Information We Need to Make 
Choices About Sex, Risks and Being 
111," the articles by Dr (!) Bill Lewis and 
Michael Lynch provide no useful infor- 
mation about risks, prevention or sexual 
alternatives to promiscuity, little insight 
into being ill, and no references from the 
"avalanche of information" which pur- 
portedly "overwhelmingly" supports 
the tiresome theory that there is a single, 
new mutant virus which is causing AIDS. 
I won't rehash all the logical inconsis- 
tencies in the single virus theory (sec my 
article, written with Richard Bcrkowitz 



and Richard Dworkin, in The New York 
Native, Issue 50, Nov 8-22, 1982), but I 
must point out the most obvious and 
anger-provoking contradictions in 
Lynch's and Lewis's articles: 

1 . As a gay man with AIDS, I am dis- 
gusted by Lewis's and Lynch's willing- 
ness to belittle the very real possibility of 
my own death, and by Lewis's willing- 
ness to sacrifice my life because of his 
selfish and short-sighted fear that "lesbi- 
ans and sexually active gay men are 
going to have their rights denied and in- 
fringed upon — all because four hun- 
dred cases of a disease have appeared 
among twenty million of us." The issue 
is no longer just disease; the issue is now 
death. If one gay person were killed in 
any gay demonstration, the pages of The 
Body Politic would scream with outrage 
and a call to revolution. But when hun- 
dreds of gay men die from sexually 
transmitted disease, the guardians of gay 
liberation cluck about "over-reaction" 
and "cocktails for cancer." What kind 
of doctor is it who puts political consi- 
derations over the tragedy of even one 
gay man's death? 

2. Lewis and Lynch are at a loss to un- 
derstand all the "fear and paranoia" 
which the AIDS epidemic has caused. It 
astounds me that I have to point out that 
all this "panic" is because gay men are 
dying! Dr Lewis casually sweeps from 
syphillis and gonnorhea (an inconven- 
ience) to herpes (inconvenient and incur- 
able) to hepatitis (serious and potentially 
fatal) to AIDS (fatal in an estimated 65% 
of the cases reported so far, with predic- 
tions that the mortality rate may climb 
still higher). As a person who has suf- 
fered from all four diseases, I can assure 
your readers that the physical and emo- 
tional impact of each disease class is 
quite different. While I know nothing of 
Dr Lewis's medical history other than a 
case of fleas, I hope that should he face 
a life-threatening sexually transmitted 
disease himself or watch a patient, friend 
or lover expire from one of the myriad 
opportunistic diseases which result from 
AIDS, he will become less glib about 
four hundred deaths. 

3. Lewis and Lynch confuse medicine 
and morality by defining their reactions 
to a disease in terms of an anticipated 
moral backlash. AIDS is a disease: it 
does not know or care about morality or 
politics. However much gay people have 
suffered at the hands of medicine, we 
Cannot allow our knee-jerk defensive- 
ness to delay urgently needed, rational 
discussion about the health hazards of 
promiscuity. I'll wager that I've had 
more lifetime sexual partners than Lewis 
and Lynch combined. I don't have prob- 
lems with sex or with my gayness; I have 
problems with disease. I am sick of being 
sick. I have been sick almost continuous- 
ly since I began to be promiscuous. 
That, Dr Lewis, is no coincidence. Like 
every other gay man who is promiscu- 
ous, I came to expect being sick — even 
to joke about it. Throughout ten years of 
promiscuity, I have tried to be a good 
gay and "wear my STDs as red badges of 
courage in a war against a sex-negative 
society" (as one gay author suggested in 
a course ironically entitled "From Gay 
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"We must begin the enormous task 
of changing the ways in which we define 
ourselves and the ways in which 
we have sex." 



Lewis and Lynch, I am not prepared to 
ante up myself or hundreds of other gay 
men as the annual sacrifice to the hungry 
god of promiscuity. Promiscuity may in- 
deed be the warp that "knits together 
the social fabric of the gay male com- 
munity," but this lifestyle is clearly kill- 
ing us. We must begin the enormous task 
of changing the ways in which we define 
ourselves and the ways in which we have 
sex. 

4. Dr Lewis finds it perfectly under- 
standable that "Hfestyle considerations" 
play a part in AIDS in IV drug users 
("contaminated needles" and "heroin 
use"), in Haitians ("poor sanitation, 
crowded living conditions and malnutri- 
tion") and in hemophiliacs ("injections 
of blood clotting factor... prepared 
from the blood of many individual 
donors"). The connection among these 
three groups is that each is repeatedly ex- 
posed to viruses. Dr Lewis then claims to 
be appalled that "everything gay men 
did that straight men didn't was dragged 
forth as a possible cause. Abundant sex, 
poppers, fisting, drugs, ingestion of too 
much sperm...." Dr Lewis cannot face 
the fact that through urban gay promis- 
cuity, gay men have managed to create a 
disease setting equivalent to those of 
poor third world nations and junkies. 

There is no evidence sufficient to sup- 
port the single virus theory and I note 
that Dr Lewis fails to provide such refer- 
ences. All single virus theorists are vague 
when it comes to providing supporting 
references. At least Dr Lewis is honest 
enough to admit that such a mutant 
virus "has yet to be identified." There 
are many researchers who do not believe 
the unsupported and insupportable 
theory of a single virus as the cause of 
AIDS, and The Body Politic contributes 
to this fatal myth by failing to require 
scientific references from its medical 
writer and by failing to even suggest 
(much less publish) the alternative view- 
point that AIDS is caused by an accumu- 
lation of re-exposure and reinfection 
with common viruses through promiscu- 
ity. It is not necesary to propose a new 
or mutant virus to explain AIDS. It is 
evidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) 
which is being isolated in Kaposi's sar- 
coma tumors, (see, eg, Giraldo G, Beth 
E, Haung ES: Kaposi's sarcoma and its 
relationship to cytomegalovirus 
(CMNV): III. CMV, DNA and CMV early 
antigens in Kaposi's sarcoma. Interna- 
tional Journal of Cancer 26:23-29, 1 98 1 ; 
and Mansell, Peter: Kaposi's Sarcoma 
— An Emerging Epidemic, Cancer Bul- 
letin 34:72-74, 1982; etc). Sufficient 
common viruses exist in epidemic pro- 
portions on the gay circuit of bathhous- 
es, bookstores, backrooms, moviehous- 
es and tearooms to explain the present 
epidemic of AIDS among promiscuous 
gay men. There is no mutant virus; there 
will be no vaccine. 

So what is to be done? As Nora Galla- 
gher concludes in Mother Jones, we 
need to "...consider what a sexual ethic 
is and what constitutes abuse, both emo- 
tional and physical in an age without 
taboos to protect us." I find no support 
in the gay community for formulation of 
such a sexual ethic. As they say at the 
baths, it's every man for himself. Listen, 



Lewis: I know for a fact that those 
"rumours" that gay men with AIDS are 
still out at the baths "moderating" their 
sexual behaviour on the advice of their 
doctors are not just rumours. Though 
there is no single new mutant virus, what 
does it say about the gay community 
that these men are continuing to have 
many sexual partners believing that they 
are carrying a cancer-causing virus"} And 
what does it say about the value these 
men place on their own lives? Promiscu- 
ity has become a narcotic for many pro- 
miscuous gay men and AIDS is merely 
the logical conclusion of a decade of the 
epidemic rise of common diseases which 
has resulted from unprecedented pro- 
miscuity. This is not a function of any 
moral certainty; this is a medical and 
mathematical fact. 

As a long-time reader and supporter, I 
am saddened to see that it is The Body 
Politic that is spreading "fear and 
falsehoods" by publishing such articles. 
Dr Lewis is obscuring, not clarifying, 
"what we know — and don't know — 
about these new diseases." What 
percentage of Dr Lewis's estimated 20 
million will have to die before we begin 
to formulate this long-overdue sexual 
ethic? Denying that promiscuity is the 
cause of AIDS-related deaths is going to 
decimate the gay male community. By 
refusing to see that the promiscuous 
lifestyle is potentially fatal, we may per- 
mit the ultimate triumph of the Moral 
Majority: we will kill ourselves. 
Michael L Callen 
New York City 

I have just read Bill Lewis's and Michael 
Lynch's articles on the AIDS phenom- 
enon. What can I say, except that the 
potential for speciousness and perversity 
is unHmited? 
Will you permit these few points: 

1 . The numerical incidence of AIDS is 
irrelevant. The fact is that AIDS leads to 
the death of most of its victims; any 
higher rate of occurrence would make 
AIDS not a disease, but a Final 
Judgment. 

2. Overwhelming evidence suggests 
that AIDS is spread by multiple sexual 
contact, and chiefly among homosex- 
uals. Apply, as you will, your salve of 
cosmetic logic, this sore will not go 
away. 

3. If homosexuals courted each other 
seriously, refraining from sex until they 
knew each other intimately, we might 
have a chance to track this disease down 
and stop it. But oh! mercy! beware the 
reactionary in our midst. 

Several years ago, I could write almost 
anything in the name of militancy. 
Once, a reader objected. "Truly," said 
the reader, "homosexuals are a degrad- 
ed lot." 

Yours, nonetheless, in solidarity, 
Walter Bruno 
Toronto 

For more on A IDS, see an analysis by Bill 
Lewis on page II. 

The Body Politic welcomes your tellers. Mall 
I hem lo: Letters, TBP, Box 7289, Stn A, 
Toronto, ON M5W 1X9. Lei lers selected for 
publication may be edited for length. 



e/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



Kevin Orr, assistant manager of 
Toronto's only gay bookstore, 
Glad Day Books, will appeal his 
March 4 conviction on charges of 
"possession of obscene material 
for the purpose of sale." 

"This is a dangerous precedent," ex- 
plained Orr's lawyer Dianne Martin. "It 
effectively prohibits representation of 
sexual activity. If this decision stands, 
most gay and indeed many heterosexual 
magazines that are presently allowed in 
Canada could be judged obscene." 

The April 21, 1982 charges relate to 
two magazines — The Leathertnen and 
Come Watch. According to testimony 
from expert witness Rev Eilert Frerichs 
at the January 21 trial, the magazines de- 
picted scenes of "simulated sexual activ- 
ity" with no actual penetration or oral- 
genital contact and would be tolerated 
by the community. 

Before Provincial Court Judge David 
Vanek dehvered his two hour verdict he 
barred everyone under 16 from the 
courtroom, posted a guard at the door 
and apologized to the court reporter for 
the "embarrassing" language she was 
about to hear. He discounted Frerichs' 
testimony, finding the magazines to be 
well beyond the boundaries of com- 
munity tolerance. He called them "lewd 
and disgusting" and said they included 
"disgusting sexual acts, sodomy in the 
presence of a third party, the actual ejac- 
ulation of semen and other unspeakably 
filthy subjects." 

Vanek explained that he based his 
decision on the fact that the photos and 
cartoons in the magazines were of sex 
acts which would be illegal under Sec- 
tion 158 (the gross indecency section) of 
the Criminal Code. This statute makes 
gay sex illegal unless performed in pri- 
vate by no more than two people, both 
of whom are over 21 . Vanek decided that 
Section 158 was a "good indication" of 
what the community would tolerate. 

"Such acts are made public by repro- 
ducing them graphically in a pictoral 
magazine which sometimes shows a third 
person," he said, explaining that the 
presence of a photographer also meant 
that a public sex act had taken place. 
"Lurid depictions of lesbianism" were 
deemed obscene in the oft-cited Prairie 
Schooner case in 1970, he observed. And 
he had been "unable to discern any 
lowering of community standards over 
the last decade. In fact they may have 
changed in the opposite direction." 

Vanek rejected lawyer Dianne 
Martin's argument that The Leathermen 
and Come Watch would be tolerated 
when sold at Glad Day which, evidence 
had shown, was clearly identified as a 
gay bookstore. He disputed Glad Day's 
status as a specialty shop because "there 
is no appropriate characterization as gay 
literature," in his opinion. "1 believe the 
Canadian community would find them 
intolerable in any circumstances," he ex- 
plained. He said that he did not "intend 
to make the slightest criticism of the 
homosexual community" and that, in 
his opinion, "persons of a homosexual 
persuasion must find them (the maga- 
zines) as disgusting." 

Testimony by the magazines' distribu- 
tor, Donald Watterson, indicated that 



Kevin On appeals alarming porn precedent 



Court convicts in Glad Day case 




Guilty but appealing: Glad Day 's Kevin Orr at International Women 's Day demonstration 



both Come Watch and The Leathermen 
had been on sale in 49 other stores. The 
court had also been asked to consider 
examples of sexually explicit material 
that had been purchased in local variety 
stores. Martin had argued the pubUc 
seemed to be tolerating a wide range of 
sexually explicit material. 

Vanek ruled that "the fact that other 
shops breach the law does not excuse 
this shop." Furthermore, he recom- 
mended that the police investigate Wat- 
terson as well as all the outlets that had 
carried the magazines, laying charges 
where applicable. 



Judge Vanek spoke with horror about 
the "proliferation of smut in Metropol- 
itan Toronto." he said, "Parliament 
recognized that obscene material has a 
tendency to deprave and corrupt. Infer- 
entially the same view exists in public 
opinion." Vanek was alluding to the 
Hicklin test of obscenity, devised in 1868 
and abandoned in Canadian jurispru- 
dence in 1978. It was replaced by the 
"community standards of tolerance" 
test, leaving behind the notion of the 
need to protect the morally weak in 
favour of protecting society as a whole. 

In another recent conviction of "pos- 



session of obscene material" for sale, 
Provincial Court Judge Sidney Harris 
(who delivered the original aquittal of 
TBP in 1979) imposed the maximum fine 
against Adrian Barrington Chin, a vari- 
ety store owner. Police charged Chin 
November 6, 1982, in connection with 
the November issue of a heterosexual 
magazine — Velvet Talks. 

In his February 22 judgment, Harris 
quoted the 1962 decision in the case 
against Lady Chatterly's Lover. He 
ruled that Velvet Talks depicted "dirt for 
dirt's sake, the leer of the sensualist, 
depravity in the mind of an author with 
an obsession for dirt, pornography, and 
appeal to a prurient interest." 

"I do not wish to be misunderstood," 
Harris explained. "I am not finding that 
sexually explicit material is necessarily 
obscene. However, I find it {Velvet 
Talks) to be obscene, and I find sex to be 
unduly exploited when people are dealt 
with as .objects, when their humanity is 
removed and their soulless bodies are 
left to be manipulated by the photo- 
grapher and the writer.... In my view the 
contemporary Canadian community... 
does not tolerate the degradation of 
women." 

Citing the Harris decision. Crown At- 
torney Sal Muranda recommended that 
Orr be given the maximum fine. Evi- 
dence given during the trial had estab- 
lished that although Orr was assistant 
manager, his role at the time of the arrest 
was that of "a mere clerk." 

" If all employees (of stores selling ob- 
scene materials) are given discharges," 
argued Crown Attorney Sal Muranda, 
"it's a license to prohferate this 
garbage." 

"You were a pawn in this game," 
Judge Vanek told Orr in granting him a 
conditional discharge with two years 
probation. "If your boss was before the 



Youth guilty of gross indecency 



SAULT STE MARIE — Defence counsel 
plans to appeal the gross-indecency con- 
viction of a 17-year-old man because the 
judge based his decision on "the great 
deal of stigma still associated with... 
homosexuality." 

The man, who has turned 18 since he 
and another man were charged in Novem- 
ber 1981 by undercover police who had 
staked out a department store washroom, 
was given an absolute discharge. The 
other man, who had a police record, was 
fined $500 and may also appeal. 

Lawyer Bruce Willson, who represen- 
ted the younger man, says Provincial 
Court Judge I A Vannini based his deci- 
sion on irrelevant considerations. "To say 
the public doesn't like homosexuality and 
therefore it's indecent opens the flood- 
gates," Willson says. "Gross indecency is 
a sexual offense, the worst kind. The 
Crown could have laid a mischief charge 
if it wanted to deter this sort of thing, but 
uses a shotgun to kill a fly. 

"The police and Crown are trying to 
harass the homosexual community," he 
says. "Perhaps they don't see it that way 
because they're so far out where sexual 



mores are concerned." 

There have been a slew of gross- 
indecency cases here recently and many 
lawyers have counselled their clients to 
plead guilty. Willson tried to have his 
client's charge changed to mischief but 
the Crown refused. "I have just returned 
from prosecuting in Toronto, and can ad- 
vise the selfsame offences are prosecuted 
there regularly," wrote Crown Attorney 
NormaH-Douglas. 

Willson's client testified that he stood 
in front of a hole in the cubicle wall while 
the man next door either sucked his cock 
or touched it with his hand. The contact 
lasted only 30 seconds because he was 
scared. 

Dr Leonard Goldsmith of Toronto 
General Hospital appeared as an expert 
witness for the defence and testified that 
fellatio between two males in locked cubi- 
cles of a public washroom is not a marked 
departure from what average Canadians 
would view as decent conduct. "People 
may well be prepared to tolerate some- 
thing they don't really like," he told the 
court. 

The judge saw things differently. 



"Viewing... the particular conduct... in 
light of (Goldsmith's) opinions and... the 
reasons a homosexual seeks anonymity, 
the reaction of a parent to an adolescent 
child who is found engaging in homosex- 
ual behavior and the great deal of stigma 
still associated with homosexuahty, I do 
find that such conduct was in fact grossly 
indecent," Vannini ruled. 

"He just strained to pick out things to 
hang his hat on and find the two guilty," 
Willson says. "What's the relevance of 
stigma attached to homosexuality in the 
abstract?" 

The Right to Privacy Committee, ori- 
ginally set up to help defend those arrest- 
ed in the Toronto bath raids, is helping in 
the pret>aration of an appeal. "This ca.se 
clarifies the weaknesses of the 1%9 Crim- 
inal Code amendments," says RTPC 
chairperson Graham Crawford. "As long 
as we confine our sexuality to the bed- 
room we're all right, but not even hetero- 
sexuals are expected to do that." 

Willson says that the immediate task is 
to finance the appeal, since it's unlikely 
the Ontario Legal .A.id Plan, which fi- 
nanced the initial defence, would pay for 
an appeal. Donations may be made to the 
Right to Privacy Foundation in trust for 
Sault Sic Marie. 730 Baihursl Si, Tor- 
onto. ON. M5S I HE. 11 



APRIL 1983 



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court I would impose the maximum 
fine" of $500. "If that distributor was 
here, I would consider imposing the 
maximum prison sentence," of six 
months. "He is a purveyor of filth." 
"We have to appeal this decision," 
explained Glad Day Defence Fund 
trustee Brian Mossop, "to defend the 
gay community's right to read what it 
wants and to oppose the growing anti- 



DISCRIMINATION 



pornography campaign." 

Orr's legal fees to date have exceeded 
$8,000. The Defence Fund estimates that 
the appeal will cost between $2,000 and 
$9,000, depending on the extent of fur- 
ther legal action. Donations can be made 
to the Glad Day Defence Fund, c/o 
Hamburg-Trollope, 400 Dundas St E, 
Toronto, ON MSA 2A5. 

Craig Patterson n 



Drug allegations spark new probe 



VANCOUVER — Fourteen months 
after openly gay youth counsellor Rob 
Joyce found himself cast out on the 
street as an unemployed suspected child 
abuser, the battle he embarked on grows 
ever more bitter and complex. Now Brit- 
ish Columbia Ombudsman Karl Fried- 
mann is investigating new charges by 
Joyce that he was "set up" as an abuser 
because he was too vocal about pros- 
titution, drug use and illegal weapons in 
the youth shelter where he worked. 

Joyce has maintained from the outset 
that he was framed. He was fired last 
January from Vancouver's Senator 
House project shortly after a 15-year-old 
hustler made a boastful allegation to a 
staff member that Joyce had paid him 
for sex. Both Joyce and his employers 
agree that the allegation itself was not 
the cause of the firing. The youth has 
made a full public retraction before pol- 
ice witnesses (see TBP, November). 

Joyce maintains that his employers 
and BC Ministry of Human Resources 
(MHR) child-abuse investigators con- 
ducted an unorthodox secret investiga- 
tion of the allegation. Although social 
workers faced with such charges are 
commonly allowed to make a statement 
to investigators, Joyce was not: he 
found out about the investigation only 
after news of the matter was leaked to 
him by a friend. When he asked to be 
allowed to give his side of the story, he 
was refused. Fearful of arrest or a ruined 
reputation, he "went public" with his 
demands to be heard, and was fired soon 
afterward. 

Last month, in an interview with the 
Ubyssey, the University of British Colum- 
bia campus paper, Joyce revealed that 
there was another reason for the attempt 
to discredit him. Shortly before he was 
fired, the BC Attorney General's office 
had asked him to "document" illegal ac- 
tivities at the Senator, specifying names 
and events. He refused to make specific 
charges, citing professional ethics, but 
he informed Senator staff that he had 
been approached for the information. 

"Two days later, the false accusation 
was (secretly) lodged," he said. "They 
knew it wasn't true." (It is, however, il- 
legal not to report an alleged child 
"abuse," sexual or violent, in BC.) 

"I had made it known that I didn't like 
the abuses that were going on at Senator 
House," Joyce says. "We ended up turn- 
ing out about twelve 15-and 16- year-old 
prostitutes who weren't into prostitution 
when they came in. There were a lot of 
drugs around. Also, some staff were 
threatened with weapons and were 
discouraged from complaining. Manage- 
ment was the problem: some of the other 
staff were just naive. I didn't want to 
start talking about these things when the 
case first became known because it would 
have looked like I was just a crank, but 
the longer this case has gone on, the more 
I've been forced to reveal." 

Confronted by detailed charges from 
Joyce and another Senator ex-staffer, BC 
Ombudsman Karl Friedmann has vowed 
to "get to the bottom of this and deter- 



mine once and for all the answer to all the 
allegations." His office is now conduct- 
ing its second investigation of the BC 
government's role in the Joyce case, and 
is due to release a report shortly. 

In the meantime, further controversy 
has been aroused by alleged "lies" told 
by BC Human Resources Minister Grace 
McCarthy on a open-line radio pro- 
gramme March 1. McCarthy was the 
show's invited guest, and was on air 
when a call from Joyce was put through. 
A heated debate ensued. Among other 
things, Joyce demanded to know wheth- 
er the youth's original allegations were 
still regarded as credible by the MHR's 
Protection Registries Bureau, keepers of 
the province's list of suspected child 
abusers. Rafe Mair, the show's host, 
told McCarthy: "It seems very clear that 
the issue is whether the boy recanted his 
story or not. Did he or didn't he 
recant?" McCarthy responded, "No, 
the boy has not recanted. His story has 
always remained the same." Later the 
same day, Joyce filed a complaint with 
the BC Ombudsman's office citing the 
"deliberate lie" as evidence of "ad- 
ministrative malice" by McCarthy and 
the MHR. McCarthy has not been 
available for comment since the accusa- 
tion became public. 

Despite the complexity and increasing 
sordidness of the Joyce case, the fired 
counsellor's support hcis grown notice- 
ably in recent months. Most recently, 
the BC NDP's provincial council passed a 
resolution February 13 calling for proper 
appeal procedures in the child-abuse 



ON CAMPUS 



Her Majesty not allowed 
BC Imperial audience 

Despite the best efforts of a local gay leader 
to arrange a meeting, ttie Emperor and 
Empress of Vancouver did not get to hob- 
nob with the Queen of England during her 
recent visit to British Columbia. 

Vancouver's royal couple (traditionally 
both male) are elected each year by mem- 
bers of the Dogwood t^onarchist Society, a 
gay social group, and are crowned at the 
Society's lavish annual Coronation. This 
event, held each March, attracts hundreds 
of expensively costumed locals and visi- 
tors, and is regarded by many as the high 
point of the city's gay social season. 

When it was announced that the non- 
elected Queen Elizabeth II would visit Van- 
couver as part of her current North 
American tour, Dr Geoff fviains, a long-time 
gay activist, apparently decided that the 
chance for a royal tete-a-tete could not be 
passed up. Mains, currently active in the 
Zodiac Fraternal Society, a gay-male 
leather club, wrote to Vancouver city clerk 
Robert Henry: "As you are no doubt 
aware, Vancouver has its own royalty, an 
Empress and an Emperor, elected annually 
by the gay community and serving an im- 
portant social and symbolic role during their 
year in office. ...I think it only befitting that 
the current monarchs, the Empress XI Lady 
Dawn, and the Emperor X Mark, be official- 
ly invited by the city to pay their respects to 
Her Majesty the Queen during her upcom- 
ing visit. . . . Such an invitation would. . . 
illustrate to Her Majesty the diversity, col- 
our, and tolerance that make Vancouver 
such a great city." 

Before civic officials could reply, how- 
ever, Doug Watkins, president of the Dog- 
wood Monarchist Society, quickly dashed 





off a letter of his own. After assuring the 
city clerk 's office that Mains was not 
associated with the D/\/iS, he explained: 
"We do not wish to be singled out as a 
minority group to meet the Queen, as we 
feel that all minority groups should be in- 
vited as well. Since this could cover a 
tremendous number of such groups, we 're 
sure that Her Majesty would not have time 
to meet and greet all of them. Why then 
does Dr Mains not represent his own 
group, the Zodiac Fraternity? I 'm sure that 
Her Majesty would like to meet one of Van- 
couver 's leather organizations. ' ' 

According to a Vancouver Province article 
which appeared March 4, City Hall resolved 
the controversy by issuing a "polite, but 
firm" refusal to Mains 's request. 

Richard SummerbellO 



registry and declaring NDP support for 
Rob Joyce. The motion was introduced 
by the party's youth wing, the Young 
New Democrats, and was passed over- 
whelmingly. 

It looks, however, like the battle is far 
from over. Joyce told TBP: "When (Mc- 
Carthy) is willing to lie outright, it shows 
she's dug in her heels for a long fight." 
Joyce himself may not be so tenacious: 



he's just received his last unemployment 
insurance cheque. 

Meanwhile, an anonymous member 
of MHR staff contacted by TBP express- 
ed what may well be the ministry's real 
attitude to Joyce's latest charges. 

"New accusations from Rob Joyce?" 
she said. "We get new accusations from 
Rob Joyce every Friday." 

Richard SummerbellD 



"Distuited, militant" psych student expelled 



MONTREAL — Emily Slate, a student 
in McGill's doctoral programme in clin- 
ical psychology, was surprised when she 
was told last spring that she had failed 
her comprehensive examinations. Slate 
rewrote the exam and was again told 
that she had failed. Known to her pro- 
fessors to be a lesbian, Slate has been 
researching lesbian and gay psychology 
for the past three years. This fall she was 
expelled from the programme. 

In May 1982, Slate, along with her 
graduating class, wrote the clinical psy- 
chology department's comprehensive 
examinations, which were evaluated by a 
committee of six clinical psychology pro- 
fessors. That summer, she received a let- 
ter stating that she had failed. She ac- 
cepted an offer to write a second com- 
prehensive exam in September, and 
asked her faculty adviser how she could 
approach the exam differently. He was 
vague and gave no specific suggestions, 
according to Slate. 

Meanwhile, Slate conferred with her 
student colleagues and found that many 
whose responses were similar to her own 
had passed. 

Slate wrote the second examination 
and was told at Thanksgiving that she 
had failed again. 



Shocked, Slate went to speak with her 
advisor and other faculty members. Ac- 
cording to Slate, they informed her that 
she was "disturbed, angry and militant." 
The clinical psychology professors' com- 
mittee refused to reread the exemiination, 
and her adviser urged her to write a letter 
of withdrawal. Slate repeated her 
advisor's suggestion to the Dean of Grad- 
uate Studies, Gordon MacLachlan, who 
informed her that withdrawal would deny 
her the right to appeal any faculty deci- 
sion to terminate her studies there. Slate 
then spoke with the cheiirperson of the 
psychology department, who agreed to 
speak to the clinical psychology depart- 
ment on Slate's behalf. 

The chjiirperson read through the 
clinical-psychology department's exams. 
Since they were nameless, he looked for 
a failed paper. There were no failed 
papers, but he found Slate's, which he 
had unwittingly read. The chairperson 
then showed it to fellow professors, who 
could not discriminate between her 
papers and others that were passed. 

Slate launched an appeal. At the inter- 
nal hearing, the department stood firm, 
saying they would not reconsider Slate's 
examination. 

"During the appeal, they reviewed my 



performance as a student of the past 
four years," said Slate. "Everything I 
had ever done was interpreted as being 
proof that I was 'disturbed.' When it 
was pointed out that I had organized a 
student research group, the faculty took 
this as evidence that I must be too neur- 
otic to work on my own." 

The committee also refused to remove 
the "F" from Slate's transcript — which 
will make it very difficult for her to 
transfer to another university. 

According to Slate, the chairperson 
was disappointed with the committee's 
decision and told her afterward, "the 
only sign of disturbance I see is that you 
still might want to be a psychologist." 

Aimee LeducD 
(Excerpted from the McGill Daily) 

Bashing protested 
by Bishops students 

LENNOXVILLE — A physical attack 
on a gay student has prompted one of 
the strongest reactions ever in a long 
history of homophobic incidents at 
Bishops University in southeastern 
Quebec. 



8/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



I 



Fifty people demonstrated February 
17 in response to the beating of Daron 
Westman, a gay activist and staff 
member of the student newspaper. The 
beating took place after The Campus 
published a lesbian and gay supplement 
with its regular Friday edition. 

Westman, founder of the Gay Stu- 
dents' Alliance (GSA) and the only open- 
ly gay student on the campus of 850, was 
beaten with a hockey stick by three men 
wearing ski masks while on his way 
home February 13. As well, unsigned 
hate letters were sent to The Campus 
editor Bob Palmer and yearbook editor 
Stephanie Lindeburg (who was not in- 
volved in production of the lesbian and 
gay issue). In addition, the newspaper's 
offices were broken into and three to 
five hundred of the edition's 2,000 
copies were destroyed. 

"This (demonstration) is something 
Bishops has needed for a long time," 
Westman told the McGill Daily. 
"Although there were people shouting 
'fag' at us, there were a lot of people 
waving and applauding too." 

Westman is no stranger to homopho- 
bia at Bishops. He was beaten up four 
times in 1979 when he first tried to get 
the GSA off the ground. In March 1980, 
while Westman was coordinator-chair- 
person of the Eastern Townships gay 
association, a colleague of his was physi- 
cally attacked by three men while going 
home. When Westman was editor of the 
student handbook for the 1981-82 school 
year, he included information for les- 
bians and gay men, only to see the guide 
denounced by the school administration, 
while 75 of his fellow students organized 
a book burning. 

But the latest incident was the first to 
be met with a positive reaction, as mem- 
bers of gay organizations from several 
schools were joined by their own stu- 
dent-government representatives and 
student journalists. 

"I think gay students were encour- 
aged by this show of support," Westman 
said. "The heterosexual students who 
were angered by this action have learned 
a couple of things. They've learned that 
people will make the effort to come and 
support us. They've learned that they 
can't continue to oppress us without the 
outside world taking notice." 

The university's principal, C I H 
Nicholl, said in an open letter to all 
students, "if evidence can be obtained, 
those responsible will be prosecuted with 
the utmost vigour." He went on to say 
that the perpetrators would be expelled 
"on the grounds that they have in- 
fringed upon the academic freedom 
which is the birthright and the essential 
characteristic of the university 
community. 

"In the interests of the academic 
health of our community," he wrote, "I 
would therefore ask you all to vigorously 
discourage any tendency for censorship 
of this kind to develop on campus." Bill 
French, the president of the Students 
Representative Council, was less than 
sympathetic: "You want to eradicate all 
objective standards in society," French 
told the pro-gay demonstrators. 

In an interview in the Sherbrooke 
Record, French intimated that Westman 
had brought his injuries on himself by 
being too openly gay. 

"He (French) is representative of stu- 
dent opinion," Westman said. "Though 
only a small minority will act violently, 
most of the students on this campus re- 
main homophobic." 

The demonstrators felt somewhat in- 
timidated by the catcalls and verbal prov- 
ocations, but expressed a willingness to 
come back again, if necessary. T 1 

Sources: (he McGill Daily: Sortie 



BREAD AND ROSES 



Solidarity and celebration 




Thousands march in Canadian cities: Kitchener (above). Toronto (middle, below) 

M ^ 7 % \ 



International Women's Day is a tradi- 
tion of both the women's and labour 
movements thats roots go back more 
than a century. 

In 1857 a New York demonstration of 
militant women demanding better wages 
and working conditions within the nee- 
dle trades were attacked by the police. 
More than 50 years later, on March 8, 
1908, thousands more women from the 
garment and textile industries marched 
again through the lower east side making 
the same demands. It was two years later 
that German socialist Clara Zetkin pro- 
posed at a conference in Helsinki, Fin- 
land, that March 8 be declared Interna- 
tional Women's Day. 

A 1912 strike of 14,000 Massachusetts 
textile workers whose battle cry was 
"better to starve fighting than to starve 
working" inspired both the song and 
"Bread and roses" theme that have 
since come to be associated with the day 
of soHdarity, protest and celebration. 

With the rejuvenation of feminism in 
the late '60s, socialist feminists breathed 
a new life into the old tradition and have 
since been joined by feminists of all per- 
suasions in the project of broadening the 
event beyond its original working class 
concerns. In Toronto, the annual march 
has grown from 1 ,000 participants in 
1977 to a 6,000-strong, mile-long dem- 
onstration this year. 

Open lesbian presence in IWD events 
has varied from place to place and year 
to year as has the struggle for increased 
lesbian visibility within the women's 
movement. This year was the first time 
gay organizations marked IWD with spe- 
cial lesbian events: Gays of Ottawa pro- 
duced a special supplement of their 
newspaper, GO INFO and Gays For 
Equality in Halifax organized a special 
March 8 dance at their club. Rumours. 

In recent years contingents of gay 
male supporters have joined IWD in soli- 
darity. And increasingly the events 
themselves, in some cities, have acknow- 
ledged that both feminism and gay liber- 
ation are blamed for many of the social 
problems confronting the heterosexual 
family by those who oppose both move- 
ments. They have resisted what this 
year's March 8 Coalition in Toronto 
called "the divide-and-conquer tactics 
of government and big business." 

Chris BearchellD 




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POLICE 



Mountjes await policy 
ondestnictionoffiles 

OTTAWA — Solicitor-General Robert 
Kaplan has finally announced the form- 
ulation of an RCMP files-destruction 
policy. 

More than a year and a half ago, the 
country was shocked to learn that the 
RCMP Security Service was collecting in- 
formation and maintaining files on more 
than 800,000 Canadians, among them an 
undisclosed number of gay people. 

That revelation came in the McDon- 
ald Commission report on RCMP wrong- 
doing which recommended that the 
Mounties' files be reviewed and that 
those with no bearing on national secur- 
ity be destroyed. 

Although the government promised 
speedy action, delay followed delay, 
with lame explanations that it could not 
begin to act on the files until it had de- 
vised a "file-destruction policy." 

Kaplan, the minister responsible for 
the RCMP, said the long-awaited proce- 
dures would involve a review committee 
consisting of officiails from the security 
service, the Department of Justice and 
the Solicitor-General's Department. The 
criteria for retaining files (information 
collecting will continue on people who 
require a security clearance for employ- 
ment, are considered a threat to national 
security, or those with access to classi- 
fied information who might be subject 
to blackmail or bribery) are extremely 
vague. In fact they sound remarkably 
like the justifications used for opening 
the files in the first place. 

The Solicitor-General said he expected 
the review of the files to commence with- 
in a month of his announcement and 
that ultimately "hundreds of thousands" 
of files would be expunged. 

In a bizarre footnote, Kaplan told the 
House of Commons that the RCMP had 
already destroyed some 100,000 files 
without his knowledge since the McDon- 
ald Commission had been established. 
The Mounties had requested permission 
from the McDonald Commission to des- 
troy the files which were described as 
"obsolete," Kaplan said. 

Bill LoosD 




MEDIA 



Fine Print fills 
newspaper headlines 

"Look out Edmonton — times are 
changing." So the Edmonton Journal's 
society column warned in the wake of 
Opening Night, a fashion experience, at 
Flashback, the city's flashiest gay club. 

The extravaganza, held January 10, 
drew 300 people (at $20 a ticket) and in- 
volved every trendy store and designer in 
town to help launch Fine Print, a publi- 
cation dedicated to providing a positive 
image of gay people — and to making a 
splash. It is the brainchild of a deter- 
mined bunch of trendsetters, and is itself 
"not to be overlooked." It was the 
newspaper the other media were talking 
about all month — first Opening Night 
and then FP's inaugural issue. 

Journal Assistant Editor William 
Thorsell gushed about "the only place in 
town you can wear great clothes." Will 
Monday night ever be the same, he won- 
dered, applauding the arrival of the 
city's new newspaper for gay men and 
women: "at last a two newspaper town." 



Determined not to be overlooked, Ed- 
monton Sun columnist Wayne Krouse 
rose to the bait, querying whether the 
Journal "stood for Justice, Decency, 
Freedom and cheap cologne?" Surely 
not as obviously as the Sun stands for 
cheap shots. If the Journal's fashion edi- 
tor is to be believed, the Opening Night 
fashions were "witty, satirical and 
downright revolutionary." With the 
show to its credit. Fine Print promises a 
continuing focus on fashion and enter- 
tainment. 

The Sun's Krouse was kind enough to 
suggest his readers go out to pick up a 
copy, which he called "sort of a Cosmo- 
politan magazine for leather lovers." He 
acknowledged it has "effective graphics 
and some interesting reading." In 
another column he claimed the paper 
would be financed in large part by a gov- 
ernment grant; the Alberta Department 
of Culture was flooded with protest 
calls. There's been no such grant so far, 
but Fine Print is working on it. 

The right-wing /I /ter/a Report printed 
a profile on Fine Print entitled "Pink 
Prose," which said the new magazine 
had "style and angst." Fine Print's res- 
ponse was a profile of Alberta Report 
entitled "Stink Prose." There have been 
radio and TV spots, too. 

Fine Print grew out of the newsletter 
of the local sports-and-recreation group, 
the Roughnecks. The paper is account- 
able to a board of directors that includes 
people from most of the city's gay 
organizations. 

If issue one, with its sharp, geometric, 
hot-pink cover is an indication we can 
expect simple, bold and grabby design 
from art director Ray Linguanti. The 
February issue contains news, art re- 
views and Pulse, a health column that 
reports on initial distribution of hepatitis 



10/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



B vaccine in Alberta. Features include 
the first of a three-part analysis of the 
Pisces Sauna raid and its aftermath (see 
story page 12) and male and female per- 
spectives on relationships. FPalso in- 
cludes "Sensory overload," a calendar 
of theatre, cinema and gallery events. 
And "Printout" is a centre-spread list- 
ing of community organizations. 

The March issue is in the mail, accord- 
ing to public-relations director Greyson 
Sherman and he promised "romance, 
religion and lust" in issue three, already 
in production. 

The Sun's Wayne Krouse, in another 
cheap shot, scorned occasional use of 
first names or initials. What impressed 
me about Fine Print is that this is rare. 
Managing editor Scott McConnell, while 
caught up in the initial swirl of media at- 
tention around the paper, inadvertently 
revealed that he is a provincial civil ser- 
vant. A couple of people called the de- 
partment demanding that he resign. But 
so far he has found support at every 
level; the only ramifications have been 
positive ones. 

Edmonton isn't always an easy place 
to come out in. But it has changed a lot 
from the town I ran away from almost a 
decade ago. On one of my frequent trips 
home I happened to catch the Pisces 
raid. This past Christmas, 18 months 
later, I found the gay community in my 
old hometown more visible, more self- 
confident and more diverse than I had 
ever seen it before. Diverse enough to 
support a spunky, sassy community 
paper. And with any luck, it will become 



all the stronger and more diverse with 
the appearance of one. 

Fine Print's first editorial says if we 
think they've made waves so far we ain't 
seen nothin' yet. Not to be overlooked, 
indeed. 

Chris BearchellD 
Fine Print is available free on more than 
15 newsstands throughout Edmonton. It 
is available by subscription at $9 for 12 
issues ($12 in the US; $15 elsewhere) 
from Lambda Fine Print Publishing 
Society, Box 3822, Station D, Edmon- 
ton, AB T5L 4J8. 

Media seething 
over "bad blood" 

TORONTO — The Canadian Red Cross 
reacted to media pressure by issuing a 
statement March 9, advising "groups 
identified at high risk" of transmitting 
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 
(AIDS) not to give blood. 

The Red Cross pinpointed the risk 
group as "patients diagnosed with AIDS, 
sexual partners of AIDS patients, per- 
sons with AIDS symptoms, sexually ac- 
tive homosexual or bisexual men with 
multiple partners, recent Haitian immi- 
grants, current or past drug abusers and 
sexual partners of individuals at high 
risk for AIDS." 

The Red Cross issued the warning des- 
pite the fact that, in the words of its own 
press release, "to date there is no con- 
clusive evidence that AIDS is transmitted 



through the blood or blood products, 
and no cases of AIDS in Canada can be 
linked to blood transfusion." The state- 
ment came in the wake of a request from 
the US Public Health Service for Amer- 
ican volunteer blood banking organiza- 
tions to adopt a similar poHcy. 

According to Dr John Derrick, con- 
sultant on quality assurance for the 
society, the initial plan was to make 
quiet contact with gay groups in order to 
disseminate information about the 
dangers of AIDS and blood donations. 
But, pressed by demands from the media 
to clarify what the Canadian organiza- 
tion was going to do, the Red Cross felt 
obliged to issue its statement. 

"The media forced us into it," Dr 
Derrick said. "It was very unfortunate, 
but there was no way we could say we 
are not doing anything. I'm terribly 
sorry this thing happened this way. 
There was no intent to stigmatize." 

Although the Red Cross attempted to 
stress that only sexually active gay men 
with many partners (not the entire gay 
population) were being asked to refrain 
from giving blood, the media routinely 
failed to report such distinctions. 

Both the Globe and Mail and CBC 
Radio made this mistake in their initial 
coverage and corrected it only after the 
error was brought to their attention by 
TBP staffers. Following the Globe's 
front page report March 10, the 
country's media carried various garbled 
versions of the story. Some, like the Kit- 
chener- Waterlood Record, headlined 
their coverage "Bad blood." Red Cross 



directors and gay community spokes- 
people across the country were barraged 
by the media for response. Most did not 
have sufficient information about the 
decision in Toronto to comment. 

Reactions within the Toronto gay 
community were mixed. Although many 
people are concerned about AIDS and 
agree that steps should be taken to re- 
duce the risk of transmitting the disease 
through blood transfusion, they dis- 
agreed on the best way to do so. 

"The public naming of certain high 
risk groups merely contributes to a stig- 
matization of the gay community, 
among others," commented Michael 
Lynch, TfiP writer on AIDS. "The Red 
Cross statement only succeeds in blam- 
ing the victim. It does not ensure real 
safety, only the appearance of safety. 
What is urgently needed is a simple test 
for AIDS that can be administered to po- 
tential blood donors, and a massive 
funding of AIDS research," he said. 

Dr Derrick told TBP that the contro- 
versy had dealt a blow to the reputation 
of the Red Cross. "We don't want to get 
labelled as invading anyone's privacy," 
he said. "We don't want to offend any 
of our blood recipients either." He said 
he had even received a number of per- 
sonally abusive telephone calls as a result 
of his statements. 

Meanwhile, according to the Labora- 
tory Centre for Disease Control in 
Ottawa, as of March 8 there were 28 re- 
ported cases of AIDS in Canada. Of 
these, 17 were gay or bisexual and 10 
were Haitian. Ed Jackson D 



AIDS: discounting the promiscuity theory 



Promiscuity. That's the key word in the 
current debate about AIDS — the 
acquired immune deficiency syndrome in 
which the body's natural ability to resist 
infection collapses. 

In his letter in this issue of TBP, 
Michael Callen argues that promiscuity 
itself causes AIDS. According to the 
"overload" theory he proposes, there is 
no single infectious agent; rather, the im- 
mune systems of promiscuous gay men 
simply collapse under the burden of re- 
infection with common sexually transmit- 
ted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, 
herpes and hepatitis. Callen insists that 
this theory is the only correct one, and 
that we need look no further for the 
cause of AIDS. 

1 think that view has dangerous impli- 
cations. The overload theory suggests 
that AIDS is not infectious, and that a 
person with the disease would therefore 
not have to worry about passing it on to 
sexual partners. It also suggests that by 
reducing his number of sexual contacts, a 
patient can get better. Simply by adopt- 
ing a new sexual ethic, we could end the 
epidemic. 

Unfortunately, as much as we might 
want it to, AIDS and the turmoil it is 
causing are not about to disappear. 

Michael Callen and hundreds of other 
gay men arc experiencing a disease that 
may result in their deaths. We should all 
be grateful for the urgency with which he 
seeks to minimize the further spread of 
AIDS. This urgency is the very reason 
why we must clarify the relationship be- 
tween promiscuity and this disea.se. We 
will want to retain Cailen's sense of the 
immediacy of suffering even as we reject 
his particular theory for one which is far 
more convincing and far more helpful to 
gay men in learning how to make choices 
about their sexual behaviour. 

Although it remains to be proven, all 
scientific data currently available over- 



whelmingly supports the theory that 
AIDS is caused by a communicable agent 
such as a virus. The period of time from 
infection to the development of severe 
symptoms may vary from a few months 
to more than a year. Like the virus that is 
responsible for hepatitis B, the AIDS 
agent is spread by intimate sexual con- 
tact, shared intravenous drug needles and 
blood transfusions. Recently a baby in 
San Francisco and four non-gay surgical 
patients in New York developed AIDS 
after receiving a limited number of blood 
transfusions. It would be hard to con- 
clude that these cases were caused by pro- 
miscuous sexual behaviour. 

"Promiscuity" is a word often used 
but rarely defined. To the New York 
Times it seems to mean having "sex with 
15 to 20 deliberately anonymous men" in 
one night; to my grandmother it means 
having more than one sexual partner in a 
Ufetime. Whatever definition you use, 
promiscuity does not cause AIDS. The 
baths and backrooms have not created 
this disease. Without them, it may have 
taken us longer to recognize this condi- 
tion and the current high rate of increase 
may have been lower, but we would still 
have to face AIDS just as we have had to 
face other sexually transmitted diseases. 

But it is clear that, as with other sex- 
ually transmitted diseases, the risk of in- 
fection is greater the more sexual partners 
one has. In a study which compared gay 
men with AIDS to a control sample of ap- 
parently healthy gay men, the Centers for 
Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta report- 
ed that those men with the disease had, 
on average, more sexual contacts with 
different partners than did the controls. 
Almost half the AIDS patients, however, 
had fewer than one new sexual partner 
per week, and some had very many fewer 
than that. And how much less "promis- 
cuous" were the control group members? 
They had, on average, about one new 



sexual partner every two weeks. The dif- 
ference is hardly earthshaking, and the 
diverse numbers of sexual contacts within 
each group — some AIDS patients with 
very few contacts; some controls with 
very many — argue persuasively that pro- 
miscuity itself is not a cause. 

To assess the risk we take of contract- 
ing AIDS while having sex outside exclu- 
sively monogamous relationships, there 
are three critical things we need to know: 
the prevalence of the disease within the 
community; the percentage of men who, 
once infected, go on to develop life- 
threatening symptoms; and the types of 
sexual activity most likely to lead to 
transmission. Right now, none of this in- 
formation is known with any certainty. 

Until recently there was no accurate 
way of assessing the prevalence of AIDS 
in the community. However, CDC Atlan- 
ta has just completed cross-checking a 
sample of 1 1,000 gay men in New York 
and San Francisco who participated in 
the various hepatitis B vaccine trials dur- 
ing the past five years. In the sample of 
New York men, about one out of every 
300 has developed AIDS. In San Fran- 
cisco the comparable figure is about one 
out of every 200. Although this sample is 
probably skewed toward very sexually ac- 
tive gay men, the majority of whom may 
already have been exposed to the AIDS 
infectious agent, the figures are .still 
shockingly high. Combined with the fact 
that the total number of AIDS cases con- 
tinues to increase in these cities, the 
figures convince me that the situation is 
more serious than 1 had thought six 
months ago. 

If we choose to decrease the number of 
sexual partners we have, it should have 
the effect of reducing possible exposure 
to the infectious agent that causes AIDS. 
How large that reduction in risk will be 
depends upon the percentage of infected 
men in any particular location. Common 



sense tells us that cities where large 
numbers of AIDS cases are being reported 
are riskier places to have sex. 

As with most other diseases, however, 
we are not ail going to be susceptible to 
AIDS. Some men exposed to the infecti- 
ous agent will not develop serious symp- 
toms. Researchers' difficulty in tracing 
the disease from one sexual partner to 
another suggests that perhaps the major- 
ity of men exposed to the virus do not 
develop symptoms. We don't know the 
figure yet, but the exact percentage of 
men who, once infected, do go on to 
develop a Ufe-threatening condition will 
be important to us as we assess the risk 
we assume in having multiple sexual 
contacts. 

At the AIDS conference held in Dallas 
last August, a workshop questionnaire 
asked participants whether backroom 
bars and "other places promoting multi- 
ple sex partners" should be closed. I was 
shocked that such a question could even 
be asked at a gay conference. I was even 
more shocked to learn that almost one 
third of the people there answered yes. 
We should not be concerned with devel- 
oping a "new sexual ethic." Rather, we 
need to seek ways of making sex as heal- 
thy and risk-free as possible. Increasingly 
we will need to defend the existence of 
our sexual meeting places. Already in 
Toronto an organization has begun a 
campaign to "inform" the public and the 
Ministry of Health that gay men are maj- 
or carriers of AIDS. They are not de- 
manding just that the baths be closed, 
but that restaurants with gay waiters post 
signs warning unsuspecting patrons of 
the health hazard. 

Michael Callen suggests that it is ir- 
responsible to consider an "anticipated 
moral backlash" to AIDS when gay men 
are dying. I disagree. The challenge to us 
now is not only to provide information 
and support for those at risk and those 
who are ill. Our challenge is also to anti- 
cipate and counter our enemies' exploi- 
tation of our newest vulnerability. 

Rill lewIsP 



APRIL 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/11 




> 



THE 87% SOLUTION 



OK. You can't win all the 
time, right? How about 87 
percent of the time? 

Eighty-seven percent is 
the success rate in court for 
450 men charged as bawdy- 
house found-ins after pol- 
ice attacks on a Montreal 
bar and six Toronto baths. 

Fifty Montreal Urban Community 
Police morality squad officers armed 
themselves with machine guns and 
bullet-proof vests and swooped down on 
the Truxx Cruising Bar the night of 
October 22, 1977. They herded 146 of the 
bar's patrons into overcrowded holding 
cells, refused to let them call lawyers, 
forced them to undergo VD tests and re- 
leased them eight hours later to carry the 
anxiety of criminal charges with them 
for the next Tive years. On December 14, 
1982, Montreal Municipal Court Judge 
Andre Masse dismissed found-in charges 
against 120 of them. The other 26 had 



pleaded guilty at various times during 
the protracted delay. 

Hundreds of Metro Toronto police of- 
ficers wielded sledgehammers, crowbars 
and abusive tongues when they raided 
the city's four largest gay baths near 
midnight February 5, 1981 , and two 
smaller establishments in mid-afternoon 
June 16, ,1981. As the dust settled from 
splintered doors and kicked-in parti- 
tions, 304 men faced found-in charges. 
Two years later, almost all of them have 
been acquitted. Only one man has been 
given a criminal record. Thirty-six 
others, 19 of whom pleaded guilty, have 
received absolute or conditional 
discharges. 

A cool million (probably more) of tax- 
payers' dollars and the expertise of pol- 
ice and Crown prosecution systems in 
Canada's two largest cities produced 
perhaps one clear conviction out of 450 
arrests. 

The motivation for the raids is still 
almost anybody's guess. The bawdy- 
house laws are still on the books, ready 
to be invoked again at whim (see box at 
the top of page 13). But some prelimin- 
ary conclusions seem to emerge. The 87 
percent success recipe depends on two 



essential (and hardly secret) ingredients: 

• Plead not guilty. 

• Organize. 

Of those who pleaded not guilty in 
Toronto, 94 percent were acquitted. In 
Montreal the figure was 100 percent. 

Two thirds of the Truxx found-ins par- 
ticipated in a community organization 
set up to defend them, the Comite de 
soutien aux accuses de Truxx. Toronto's 
Right to Privacy Committee (RTPC) 
coordinated the defence of most of the 
1981 found-ins. 

Less fortunate outcomes mark two 
other bawdyhouse raids where found-ins 
were intimidated into pleading guilty 
and community support groups were 
thereby crippled. Edmonton police 
raided the Pisces Spa on May 30, 1981, 
freely admitting they had learned a thing 
or two from their Toronto counterparts. 
Most of the 56 found-ins who were 
charged pleaded guilty, evidently de- 
moralized by the swift guilty pleas of the 
spa's two owners to charges of keeping a 
common bawdyhouse. The Privacy De- 
fence Committee offered moral and 
financial support, especially to five con- 
victed found-ins who fought their cases 
to the appeal courts. But it could do lit- 



tle for the other 51. 

A Toronto police assault on the Bar- 
racks bath on December 9, 1978 found 
23 patrons in the alleged bawdyhouse. 
Seventeen pleaded guilty, one failed to 
appear for his trial, and only five plead- 
ed not guilty. Of the five, four were con- 
victed. The RTPC was originally formed 
in response to this raid, but apparently 
lost sight of many of the found-ins dur- 
ing the two and a half years which 
elapsed between arrest and trial. "It's a 
lesson on how vigilant we have to be," 
RTPC spokesperson John Burt told TBP 
as these trials wound up in the fall of 
1981. 

The performance of the RTPC after 
the February 1981 raids shows that the 
lesson was learned well. 

' 'The RTPC did an amazing job of 
rounding people up and giving them 
hope," Toronto lawyer Jack Gemmell 
told TBP\n a recent interview. Gemmell 
is president of the Citizens' Independent 
Review of Police Activities, a watchdog 
group parented partly by the 1981 raids. 
Gemmel also represented many men ar- 
rested in the raids, as did Rebecca 
Shamai. She told TBP, "The work of the 
RTPC is much higher in quality than that 



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12/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



Is sex at the bathhouse safe? 



The win rate for found-in acquittals 
may be 87 percent but the success rate 
in changing the bawdyhouse laws is 
closer to zero. 

The only significant Criminal Code 
change has been the repeal of sections 
182 and 183. One of these clauses was 
used to force some Pisces Spa found- 
ins to give sworn testimony without 
benefit of counsel when summoned be- 
fore two Alberta provincial court 
judges at 5 am on Saturday, May 30, 
1981. This little-used procedure drew 
detailed descriptions of group sex from 
distraught men who were assured that 
nothing they said would be used in evi- 
dence against them in future trials. 
They were not told that everything they 
said was admissable as evidence against 
anyone else caught on the premises. 
Thanks to Criminal Code amendments 
proclaimed in Bill C-127 on January 4, 
1983, such terror tactics are no longer 
sanctioned. 

"The real tragedy is that none of the 
keeper cases (in the Toronto 1981 raids) 
came to resolution on the privacy 
issue," Toronto lawyer Jack Gemmell 
said recently. Men charged as bawdy- 
house keepers at the Club and the Bar- 



racks still have not come to trial. Keep- 
ers' cases in two other 1981 raids have 
been resolved by plea-bargaining (in 
each of the Richmond and Romans 
cases, charges were withdrawn against 
five alleged keepers in exchange for a 
guilty plea from one). And even where 
guilt has been proven in court (the In- 
ternational and Back Door cases, both 
of which are currently under appeal), 
Httle light has been shed on the status 
of the baths. 

"It seems that it is now OK to have 
sex in roomettes with the door closed,' ' 
Gemmell ventured in a recent inter- 
view. 

Results of the 1978 Barracks raid 
shed no further light. Two staff mem- 
bers were convicted as keepers because 
the judge decided they knew that acts 
of indecency went on. Corporate of- 
ficers George Hislop, Jerry Levy and 
Rick Stenhouse were acquitted because 
the Crown failed to prove they 
"knew." The narrow house on Wid- 
mer Street is still operating, although 
"it's not as much fun as it used to be" 
according to more than one regular. 

Between the introduction of Bill 
C-127 in January 1981 (known then as 



Bill C-53) and its proclamation by the 
governor-general two years later, sev- 
eral lesbian and gay groups tried to 
persuade the House of Commons jus- 
tice committee to add the abolition of 
bawdyhouse laws to the bill. After all, 
the justice minister claimed the bill's 
purpose was to remove "out-dated of- 
fences" from the Criminal Code. Leg- 
islators more attuned to moral- 
majority-style petitions and letters 
failed to make the changes. 

Stuart Russell, a Montreal lawyer 
and sometime TBP reporter, points out 
(in an analysis of the bawdyhouse laws 
published in the current issue of the 
Ottawa Law Review) that Parliament 
at present plans no reform in this area 
of criminal law. Thus, in Russell's 
words, "society will have to live with 
(the Criminal Code's) contradictions 
and inherent unfairness." 

TBP recently asked four Toronto 
lawyers heavily involved in bath-raid 
defences whether further raids are like- 
ly. Jack Gemmell said, "Yes... I don't 
know when." Bob Kellerman said, "I 
don't want to predict anything." 
Rebecca Shamai thought there would 
be more raids only if there was "up- 
front political support" for them. 
Suzie Scott said, "No one's going to 
touch (the baths) for a while .' ' 

RSD 



done by any other paralegal group I 
know of." 

The RTPC's paralegal services are 
perhaps even more noteworthy than the 
money (almost $110,000 to date) it has 
raised for defence costs, or the five huge 
demonstrations it helped to organize in 
the first year after the raids. Many of the 
accused contacted the RTPC after a 
flurry of publicity urging them to plead 
not guilty. Some remained isolated, 
however, turning up alone in the lofty 
corridors of Old City Hall to await their 
court appearances. 

The plight of one such man inspired 
RTPC legal affairs coordinator Dennis 
Findlay to take daring into his own 
hands. Findlay saw the man turn up for 
trial in early April 1982 without counsel 
and without ever having contacted the 
RTPC. He meekly pleaded guilty. 

"I went home and thought about it all 
night," Findlay said recently. The next 
morning another isolated found-in was 
outside a courtroom waiting his turn to 
plead guilty. None of the 25 lawyers who 
had become part of the cohesive defence 
team was available. So Findlay identi- 
fied himself to the man and explained 
that the defence on a summary offence 
could be argued by an "agent" as well as 
by the defendant himself or a member of 
the bar. The man agreed to let Findlay 
act for him as an agent. Findlay argued 
the case, the judge acquitted the accused 
and marvelled out loud at the "good 
job" done by "a fellow with no legal 
training at all." Findlay handled about a 
dozen cases himself, arguing successful 
defences in four. Charges were with- 
drawn without a trial in the other eight. 

Almost every defendant, however, 
benefited in some way from the RTPC's 
team work with lawyers. Lawyer Bob 
Kellerman told rSPthat, except for the 
Artistic Woodworkers' strike in Toronto 
in the early Seventies, he was hard put to 
think of other examples in Canada 
where lawyers worked so harmoniously 
not only among themselves but also with 
a team of lay volunteers. 

"Getting lawyers to cooperate isn't al- 
ways easy," Kellerman said. The RTPC 
accomplished that, and also took on 
what Rebecca Shamai describes as the 
"often difficult relationship of instruct- 
ing lawyers." Not only were defence at- 
torneys brought together for biweekly 



strategy-sharing sessions, but they were 
frequently tipped off the night before 
a trial about who the judge would be and 
which among the repertoire of defence 
strategies had worked best with him to 
date. Wily RTPC courtwatchers cul- 
tivated rapport with court clerks, 
quickly obtained transcripts of decisions 
and diligently jotted notes during 
hearings. 

The defence efforts of Montreal's 
Comite de soutien took a different course. 
Comite spokesman Paul Keenan said in 
a recent 7"fiP interview that "organizing 



and fundraising are nearly impossible in 
Montreal," and attributes this to what is 
perceived as a generally more tolerant at- 
titude. He cites less ongoing harassment 
by police, a more tenuous identification 
of gay life with any one commercial 
ghetto, relatively little queerbashing, 
and greater acceptance of people whose 
behaviour and dress are "different" as 
contributing to this surface calm. 

Nevertheless, about 80 Truxx found- 
ins kept in touch with the Comite over 
the five years. A group of young lawyers 
and articling students headed by lawyer 



Jeffrey Richstone represented the 80 for 
the first three years. When Richstone 
moved to Ottawa, Jpseph Muskatel was 
hired to replace him. 

Crown prosecutors in Toronto chose 
to proceed against found-ins one by one 
over about 18 months. They tried men 
accused of keeping a common bawdy- 
house (the baths' corporate officers and 
stafO here and there throughout the 
same time period. In Montreal, however, 
Truxx owner Giuseppe Salvaggio was 
singled out for prosecution first. He was 
convicted on April 2, 1980, sentenced to 
ten days in jail and fined $5,000. Two 
years later, the Quebec Court of Appeals 
upheld the lower court's finding that the 
Truxx was a bawdyhouse because men 
sometimes had sex in the washrooms 
and all patrons were surely aware of 
that, but it reduced Salvaggio's sen- 
tence. Only then did the Crown proceed 
against the found-ins, whose prospects 
looked dismal after the appeal court's 
ruling. 

A Crown offer to drop all charges if 
four men pleaded guilty was refused. 
Defence attorney Muskatel armed him- 
self with transcripts of the Toronto trials 
and sheafs of strategy briefings from the 
RTPC, which he called "dynamite," 
only to walk into municipal court last 
December 14 and hear Crown prosecutor 
Laurent-Claude Laliberte announce he 
did not plan to proceed. "We had no 
other choice; it was just too much 
money" to bring each of the 120 found- 
ins to trial, Laliberte told the Montreal 
Gazette. Besides, of the four police offi- 
cials who planned the raid, one was dead 
and two others no longer lived in Que- 
bec. The Crown had also "misplaced" a 
large quantity of relevant documents. 

"This decision shows the value of 
sticking together," Muskatel points out. 
And of stocking up on patience and per- 
severance. It took five years. 

Roger Spalding G 



What they wanted, what they got 



What did they want? 

The police have always cited three 
things as justifications for their bar and 
bath raids: 

• Response to citizens' complaints; 

• Routine law enforcement; 

• Organized crime. 

These themes recur in official reasons 
given by Edmonton, Montreal and Tor- 
onto police and Crown attorneys. 

Pressed by reporters, Toronto Police 
Chief Jack Ackroyd admitted that nearby 
residents had on occasion complained 
about noise made by some late-night 
patrons entering or leaving the baths. 

"Routine law enforcement" is an ex- 
cuse that mocks itself. Montreal police 
claimed to have observed hugging, kiss- 
ing, bum-fondling and washroom sex at 
Truxx, but never explained how their vigi- 
lant eyes had failed to see similar "inde- 
cent acts" at neighbouring gay bars. The 
Romans Sauna has been in existence in 
Toronto with full knowledge of the police 
for more than 18 years. 

The spectre of organized crime alleged- 
ly justified deploying six undercover In- 
telligence squad officers in Toronto's gay 
community for eight months before the 
February raids. Operation Soap, as it was 
nicknamed, has one last chance to reveal 
any underworld dirt when five men come 
to trial later this year on conspiracy 
charges relating to the Club and the Bar- 
racks. Breath should not be held. 

Unstated reasons (what iheyreatly 
wanted) have to be winnowed from heaps 
of rumours and speculations. After the 



Pisces arrests, Edmonton media circles 
were rife with speculation that the ser- 
geant who led the raid was making a strat- 
egic career move on his way to the chief's 
job. It may be no coincidence that Febru- 
ary 5, 1981, preceded by only six weeks an 
Ontario election in which Bill Davis' 
Tories tried for a third time to regain their 
majority in the provincial legislature. 
They succeeded. 

• 
What did they get? 

• Fighters, where they may have ex- 
pected wimps. Rage brought thousands 
of demonstrators into main streets in 
Toronto and Montreal within 24 hours of 
the bath and Truxx busts. 

• Not-guilty pleas that clogged Toronto 
courtrooms for months and cost, by some 
estimates, a million dollars. The Montreal 
prosecutor simply withdrew charges 
against all 120 who pleaded not guilty be- 
cause trials would have cost "just too 
much money." 

• Politicization of individuals. A gay 
teacher who says "demonstrations just 
aren't my style" shouted the incumbent 
Tory MPP off his North Toronto front 
porch during 1981 election canvassing. A 
man never before involved in gay politics 
became chairman of the Privacy Defence 
Fund after his arrest at the Pisces Spa. 

• Bitterness. A found-in roughed up by 
police at the Barracks told an interviewer 
a year later that he would simply pass by 
if he saw "a cop pinned under his motor- 
cycle on a lonely, icy road." The man had 
spent years in the Navy, as a medic. 



• Court Watch. Room 337 in Toronto's 
Old City Hall is staffed daily by RTPC 
personnel who monitor ongoing use of 
the courts to harass lesbians and gay men 
and offer advice and support to isolated 
defendants. 

• Banning of anti-gay discrimination in 
Quebec. In December 1977, two months 
after Truxx, provincial legislators, spur- 
red by public outrage at the police action, 
quietly added sexual orientation to the 
provincial human rights charter. Nine 
other provinces are still afraid to do that. 

• Unprecedented expressions of sup- 
port for the gay community. "I would be 
very angry if someone kicked down my 
door while I was taking a bath," novelist 
Margaret Atwood told a Toronto protest 
rally. A full-page Globe and Mail ad call- 
ing for the repeal of the bawdyhouse laws 
listed 1 ,800 groups and individual, gay 
and straight, who paid for it. 

• Toronto's Bruner Report on police/ 
gay community relations. Commissioned 
by city council, the study clearly tossed 
the ball to Police Chief Jack Ackroyd. 
More than a year later, it seems that the 
chief is a pitcher only. 

• Lawyers and firmly estabUshed de- 
fence organizations skilled in the ways of 
the bawdyhouse laws. Toronto found-in 
trials were often won on "identification" 
(an arresting officer once pointed out a 
police inspector when asked to identify 
the accused), "lawful excuse" (one elder- 
ly man went to the Romans only for the 
sauna and claimed to have seen no more 
sex than at any other men's club) or 
"prior knowledge" (a man who liked the 
Richmond's gym testified he knew 
nothing about what went on in the room- 
ettes). RS ! 



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Frank Jones writes a regular column 
prominently located on page two of the 
Toronto Star. One day in mid-February 
he decided to opine about the imagined 
doings of the city's lesbian and gay 
phone counselling /information lines. 

"I thought you might be interested to 
learn how homosexuals and lesbians are 
recruiting youngsters at local high 
schools," he wrote. Using third-hand 
hearsay evidence, he reported on what 
he later came to understand to be a com- 
mon practical joke in suburban high 
schools: leaving another student a mes- 
sage to call a gay phoneline. 

Jones said he was worried unsuspect- 
ing youths might encounter gay people 
"who have short-circuited their lives on 
a course of narcissism and promiscuity." 
He expressed fears that the organizers of 
Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto would 
"not say a word about the emptiness 
and sterility of gay life." 

The column, which contained many 
inaccuracies ("It's hard to verify every- 
thing," Jones explained later to TBP), 
brought a wave of calls and letters to the 
editor from angry readers. Once con- 
fronted with his mistakes, however, 
Jones took the unusual step of writing a 
second column to apologize. "I acted in 
a mean-minded fashion last week," he 
began. "I allowed my prejudices to col- 
our my judgment in accusing Lesbian 
and Gay Youth of actively recruiting in 
local high schools." 

One letter writer who "took him more 
sternly to task" was Rev Stephen Man- 
ning of the Roman Catholic Church of 
St Dominic in Mississauga. Jones used 
the device of quoting extensively from 
Father Manning's letter and from a 
follow-up phone call to refute some of 
his own prejudices about gay life. 

"I suppose we have to start by looking 
at our own fears," Jones concluded. 
"Preserve us from our prejudices. For 
surely they exist." 

Meanwhile, in Mississauga Father 
Manning was receiving his own flurry of 
phone calls from parishoners and other 
concerned S/or readers. "Most people 
were positive," he reported later. "A 
few people were angry." He was more 
surprised by what happened during mass 
the following Sunday morning. Two 
people from the anti-gay organization 
Positive Parents appeared in the church 
parking lot and began to slip leaflets on- 
to the windshields of churchgoers' cars. 

"How dare he be a priest?" the flyers 
screamed. "Father Manning was called 
and ordained to be a shepherd of God's 
flock and not an endorser of homosex- 
ual recruiting in Toronto's schools." 
The two men were asked to leave the 
church property immediately but follow- 
ing mass they continued to distribute 
flyers to the cars of departing wor- 
shippers. 

Father Manning decided that the fol- 
lowing Sunday he would have to reply 
directly to the distortions of his views 
represented in the Positive Parents' 
handout. He wrote a response for deliv- 
ery but was called out of town at the last 
minute on a family matter. Another 
priest, who had agreed to read it during 
early mass, was in the middle of the res- 
ponse when a man, later identified as a 
Positive Parents' partisan, suddenly 
stood up. He had spoken to the cardinal, 
he shouted, and homosexuality was still 
a sin. While St Dominic parishioners be- 
gan to shout back and ushers rushed to 
surround the man, the presiding priest 



quickly calmed everyone down and the 
mass proceeded without further 
incident. 

For Stephen Manning, who sees "part 
of my business as a priest is to relieve 
fear," the extreme reactions generated 
by a single letter have been unsettling. 
But the overwhelming support of his 
parishioners has convinced him that he 
made the right decision. 

"I've said my piece," declared the 
thoughtful young priest. 

The day after Frank Jones' second 
column appeared (February 22), the of- 
fice of Lesbian and Gay Youth, which 
also contains the tape machines of both 
530-GAYS and 923-GAYS, was broken in- 
to. Curiously, almost nothing was taken 
after the padlocked and unmarked door 
was forced open, not even a supply of 
petty cash. What did disappear were the 
log books recording telephone calls re- 
ceived by Lesbian and Gay Youth during 
the past year and a half. According to 
phoneline coordinator Graham Haig, it 
is LGYT's policy that log books do not 
contain last names or phone numbers. 

The police officers called to the scene 
claimed that they could do nothing to re- 
trieve the books. "Well, you have a lot 
of enemies," one of the officers ob- 
served in explanation of the theft. 

The log books have not been 
recovered. Ed Jackson D 

Cops bust speak, 
arrest all patrons 

Speakeasies catering to different groups 
and social scenes are common in down- 
town Toronto. A natural product of Ont- 
ario's restrictive liquor laws, these illegal 
drinking establishments routinely get 
raided and closed down by the police. 

A popular gay speakeasy operating 
for several months in an old house near 
Allan Gardens was abruptly closed in 
the early morning hours of Saturday, 
February 19. It was 1 :30 am when the 
police descended; the establishment was 
just beginning to fill up with an estima- 
ted 100 patrons who had earlier vacated 
licensed bars required by law to close at 
1 am. 

An eyewitness who was in the house 
during the raid told TBPhe was able to 
look outside long enough to see that the 
house was surrounded by police officers 
and vehicles. Uniformed police loudly 
ordered patrons into two hot, cramped 
rooms, shone flashlights into their faces 
and demanded ID. The processing, in- 
terrupted by several hostile verbal ex- 
changes between police and patrons, 
took more than an hour. Everyone pres- 
ent was charged with unlawfully pur- 
chasing liquor and unlawfully consum- 
ing liquor. According to TBP'% source, 
many people had not been there long 
enough to do either. 

"It's very unusual to charge every- 
one" in a speakeasy raid, claimed a man 
who has had experience operating a 
number of such establishments for the 
art-and-music crowd in the Queen Street 
area. He said the standard practice is for 
police to charge the one or two individ- 
uals who are found selling liquor or con- 
trolling the door. Patrons are rarely 
detained, he added. 

The charges are minor infractions un- 
der the provincial Liquor Licence Act 
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• Two Vancouver community groups 
and a feminist magazine received gov- 
ernment funding to promote their or- 
ganizations and to build larger foUow- 
ings. Society for Education, Action, Re- 
search and Counselling on Homosexual- 
ity (SEARCH) and the Vancouver Gay 
Community Centre (VGCC) were jointly 
awarded $3,000 by the British Columbia 
Human Rights Commission in January 
to produce a pamphlet soliciting mem- 
berships. SEARCH operates the city's 
gay phone line, a VD clinic, a drop-in 
centre, and a variety of social functions. 
The VGCC provides a community-meet- 
ing facility, and community services. 
The two organizations initially applied 
for separate grants of $2,000 each, but 
on the request of commission staff they 
combined applications and received 
$3,000 jointly. The pamphlet, which will 
describe the objectives and services of 
the organizations, will be aimed at two 
target groups: out-of-the-closet gay men 
and lesbians not yet active in either 
organization, and gay people who have 
not yet come out. 

Earlier this year, 772^ Radical Review- 
er, a feminist quarterly with substantial 
lesbian content, received funding under 
the federal "Community Recovery" 
programme. The funding provides three 
months' salary for three people, total- 
ling about $12,000. The application, 
which described the project as outreach 
for a feminist journal of critical and 
creative work, was approved two days 
after it was filed. RS 

• A well-argued radical Catholic defence 
of gay rights was presented to the 
Manitoba Human Rights Commission, 
January 10, by Dignity Canada Dignite 
during public hearings on revisions to 
the province's anti-discrimination law. 
The hearings provided the basis for a re- 
port, which is now being prepared for 
Attorney General Roland Penner, on 
amendments to the Act. The Commis- 
sion's chairman. Dale Gibson, made a 
widely-publicized recommendation that 
sexual orientation be a proscribed 
ground for discrimination when the 
hearings were announced in December. 
An expected public outcry was not 
forthcoming and the Commission ad- 
vised the Committee for Inclusion of 
"Sexual Orientation" in the Manitoba 
Human Rights Act that they had not 
received any request to appear in opposi- 
tion to their proposal. CB 

• The Quebec Film Supervisory Board 
seized four films by American gay cine- 
matographer Curt McDowell February 
8, just moments before a screening at the 
"art" movie house Cinema Parallele in 
Montreal. The films had been screened 
the previous evening without incident. 
The board claimed the films in question, 
(Loads; Taboo: the Single and the LP; 
Nudes-a Sketchbook and Thundercrack) 
had not received "visas" (the board ap- 
proval forms) before screening. Organi- 
zers of the screening said they had sent 
the board a copy of their programme 
and that all the films had been shown at 
last year's Montreal International 
Festival of New Cinema. KG 

• A private members bill that would 
amend the Canadian Human Rights Act 
to forbid discrimination on the basis of 
sexual orientation was tabled March 9 in 
the House of Commons. 

The bill, introduced by Svend Robin- 
son (NDP-Burnaby), has been assured 
survival to the committee stage by Jus- 
tice Minister Mark McGuigan. 

There is little hope however that the 
bill Robinson calls "long overdue" will 



pass second reading in the house. CP 

• The Red Hot Video store on Main 
Street in Vancouver has been charged 
with 12 additional counts of possession 
of obscene material. Each charge relates 
to an individual movie, including Fihhy 
Rich, Skintight and Water Power, seized 
during a January 7 vice squad raid. Sim- 
ilar charges were laid against a Red Hot 
Video franchise in Victoria in January. 

Meanwhile, the Law Union of BC has 
protested the "trial by media" of the 
five people charged with the recent fire- 
bombing of three Red Hot Video stores 
and a BC Hydro substation. At a press 
conference February 20, two days before 
a new charge (for a $53,000 grocery store 
robbery) was added against three of the 
five, lawyer Richard Brail accused the 
BC Attorney General and the media of 
"seriously jeopardizing a fair trial" for 
the three men and two women. The Uni- 
on also alleges police harassment of as- 
sociates of the accused, including the les- 
bian-baiting of two women whose home 
was among four that were searched in 
the wake of the arrests. 

In another twist, the Vancouver-based 
anarchist magazine Open Road has pub- 
lished a letter signed by the Wimmins 
Fire Brigade, the group claiming respon- 
sibility for the video bombings, denying 
any connection to the five people police 
have in custody. CB 

• Wonderfully deviant thoughts have 
started to fill the airwaves of the Lower 
St Lawrence emanating from Riviere- 
du-Loup, where the first gay radio show 
in this region of Quebec is being broad- 
cast. Gais-riez-rose ("gays laugh pink") 
is aired every second Sunday on Radio 
Grand-Portage (103.7 FM) from 5 to 6 
pm. The show can be heard from Ed- 
munston, NB to Baie-Comeau and from 
Montmagny to Bic (near Rimouski). Ac- 
cording to producer Alain Therrien- 
Leclerc, it's intended to "demystify, 
educate, inform and please." The ad- 
dress is Gais-riez-rose, a/s Radio Grand- 
Portage, CP 103.7, Riviere-du-Loup, 
QC GSR 4C3. Tel: (418) 867-1037. KG 

• An estimated three quarters of a mil- 
lion viewers watched a Take 30 Access 
Series programme March 11 produced 
under the supervision of Winnipeg's 
Gay Media Collective. The half hour 
programme featured a discussion with a 
dozen gay men and scenes of gays at 
home and at play. A producer, technical 
staff, budget and editing were provided 
to the Collective, one of six groups 
chosen this year for the series, which is 
intended to give an opportunity to seg- 
ments of the population who do not 
receive adequate attention from the 
media to put together a programme. 
This was the first time a gay group has 
been chosen in the ten years Access has 
been on the air. JA 

• For many years engineering students at 
the University of Waterloo have been 
publishing the racy Enginews. The 
March issue was to be called "Femen- 
ginews" and a lot of fun was to be made 
of women's libbers, queers and ethnic 
minorities. At first typesetters at UW's 
student paper Imprint refused to set 
some of the material. Then it ran into 
opposition at Webman Ltd, the com- 
pany where offset camera operator Judy 
Flanigan refused to prepare pages for 
printing. Flanigan was promptly fired 
and women's groups from Kitchener, 
Waterloo and Guelph are circulating a 
petition demanding she be rehired. Let- 
ters can be directed to Webman Ltd, 93 
Regal Rd, Guelph, ON. JSD 



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New legal sen/Ice group lodges complaints in the wake of massive bar sweep 

Venezuelans challenge police raids 



CARACAS — A new gay legal ser- 
vice, La Asesoria y Consulta 
Legal Sobre Derechos Ciudadan- 
os (ACLSDC), has lodged a com- 
plaint with the office of the 
Venezuelan Attorney General and the 
International Secretariat of Amnesty 
International in London after massive 
police raids against this city's gay bars in 
late November 1982. 

The complaint accuses the Caracas 
metropolitan police with violating Ar- 
ticles 60, 61, 64 and 71 of the Venezuelan 
constitution, which guarantee personal 
liberty and security and freedom of 
movement and association, and which 
ban discrimination on the grounds of 
race, sex, religion or social condition. 

More than 400 people were arrested in 
the November 26 police sweep of the 
Sabana Grande area, where many of the 
city's gay bars are concentrated. The 
three individuals whose sworn affidavit 
is the basis of the complaint were in a 
bar called Bigotes when a large number 
of plainclothes police, followed by a 
television crew, suddenly burst into the 
establishment. Patrons were forced to 
stand with their hands above their heads 
while police confiscated identity cards. 
The police used insulting language and 
several men were physically abused. All 
those in the bar were registered on police 
files and held incommunicado overnight 
in the crowded cells of a local police sta- 
tion before being released the following 
morning. 

The next evening the national televi- 
sion network reported that police had 
captured "delinquents and drug 
addicts." Newspaper reports said that 
40 transvestites had also been arrested. 

The raid was part of the "Plan 
Union," a widely criticized new law- 
and-order campaign by police, osten- 
sibly aimed at controlling street crime. 
"The true object of the operation was to 
bolster official propaganda about mea- 
sures being taken to protect citizens over 
the Christmas season using homosexual 
citizens as a scapegoat," said the af- 



Thousands march 
to keep gay radio 

PARIS — Six thousand people took to tlie 
streets January 22 in the second major 
demonstration in less than a year to support 
Frequence Gaie, this city's 24-hour-a-day 
gay radio station. 

Frequence Gaie was given an official 
license last July after a massive demonstra- 
tion in support of the station, as the Mitter- 
rand government moved to regularize a 
number of pirate ' 'free ' ' radio stations which 
had been operating outside the law. The 
latest demonstration was provoked by at- 
tempts by the broadcasting authority to 
merge the station with two other ' 'free ' ' 
radio stations, thus limiting gay air time. 

The French weekly. Gal Pied, sent an open 
letter to President Mitterrand demanding he 
intervene to protect the autpnomy of 
Frequence Gaie. The station has a potential 
audience of 500. 000 listeners in the Paris 
area 



fidavit, which was signed by Edgar Car- 
rasco, Adan Lira and Luis Alvarez. 

The ACLSDC demanded an end to the 
violation of the rights of homosexual 
citizens, the destruction of the hsts and 
files made by police, and a public inves- 
tigation into the raids. The group also 
attempted to publicize the complaint in a 
paid advertisement in one of the city's 
leading papers. El Diario de Caracas, 
but editors pulled the ad just before 
publication. 

The three men central to the ACLSDC 
complaint are also part of the editorial 
board of the Venezuelan gay paper, 
Entendido, which announced that it 
would resume publication later this year. 
Financial and personnel difficulties had 
forced the paper to close during 1982. 
Entendido is a member of the Interna- 
tional Gay Association and hopes to 
establish a financial base in the city's gay 
ghetto. D 

Staff at Gay News 
movingto buy control 

LONDON — The staff of Gay News has 
begun negotiations to buy the paper, 
Britain's oldest and largest gay publica- 
tion, from its present owner, Robert 
Palmer. It is hoped the move will help 
end the financial and managerial crisis 
that has been threatening the paper's 
existence since late last year. 

Gay News was founded in 1971 as a 
non-partisan community-based paper. 
Through a complicated series of events, 
it became the sole property of editor 
Dennis Lemon. Lemon resigned as edi- 
tor and sold the paper to Robert Palmer 
in February 1982. 

Although Palmer's ownership was 
seen as a first step to regaining commun- 
ity control over the publication, the new 



owner demanded staff cuts in Septem- 
ber, provoking a bitter dispute with the 
company's unions. Then in November, 
Palmer revealed that neither he nor the 
paper would be able to make the re- 
quired payments to Lemon. Lemon at- 
tempted to return as editor in January 
1983 in an undisclosed financial deal 
with Palmer, but at a February meeting, 
staff passed a resolution stating their 
unwillingness to recognize Lemon's 
reappointment. 

Three days later Palmer and Lemon 
issued a joint statement announcing that 
"if an appropriate solution can be 




6/V editor Lumsden: "communal possession ' ' 

found," they "would cooperate fully 
with the immediate transference of Gay 
News Ltd to the current staff and or 
their representatives." 

Fund raising efforts to finance the 
transfer have now begun, and the staff 
are investigating the best way to control 
editorial and commercial policy while 
preventing the distribution of company 
profits to individuals. 

"We plan, simply, to organize the 
means by which Gay News can truly be 
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gay people — who we hope entrust us as 
a paid staff to bring it out so that it will 
amuse, inform and campaign," said a 
staff statement in the paper's latest 
issue. D 

Police in Midwest 
hit two bathhouses 

MILWAUKEE — Police in the midwest 
continue to harass gay businesses. The 
Milwaukee Club Baths were raided Jan- 
uary 5 and 7, and the Locker Room 
Sauna, in Minneapolis, was raided Feb- 
ruary 18. 

In Milwaukee, 11 men were booked 
on sexual-perversion charges and ID 
checks were run on other bath patrons. 
City Alderman Betty Voss said she was 
"outraged" at the raids and suggested 
an audit of the police overtime budget. 
A number of those charged are pleading 
not guilty and a defence fund has been 
set up. 

At least eight men were cited in the 
Minneapolis raid, which took place 
almost three years to the day after a sim- 
ilar raid swept up 70 men in the city in 
February 1980. Witnesses said an under- 
cover agent spent about an hour in the 
baths before opening a rear fire-door to 
admit uniformed officers. Bath employ- 
ees were ordered to put their hands up 
and were prevented from turning on 
lights or announcing the presence of the 
police. D 

Democrats set up 
official gay caucus 

WASHINGTON, DC — By a unani- 
mous vote February 6, the 36-member 
Democratic Party Executive Committee 
aproved the formation of an official gay 
caucus within the Democratic party. 

Peter Vogel, co-chair of the National 
Association of Gay and Lesbian Demo- 
cratic Clubs, called the move a "historic 
occasion." The decision was the result 
of more than six months of lobbying 
across the country by the Association 
and years of work by lesbians and gay 
men within the party. 

Party rules stipulate that members of 
a caucus must also belong to the Demo- 
cratic National Committee, the party's 
governing body. Although 78 members 
of the DNC had endorsed the caucus, 
there are only two openly gay members 
at present. The caucus and the associa- 
tion plan to work to elect more gay 
members to the body in the future. D 

Gay Solidarity blocks 
deportation attempt 

SYDNEY — This city's Gay Solidarity 
Group ((iSG) applied for interested- 
party standing and managed to stall 
deportation proceedings against gay 
activist David Bright February 14. 
Bright has been declared an illegal immi- 
grant by the Australian povcrnnient. 
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homosexual activity is considered crim- 
inal under the New South Wales Crimes 
Act. One Labour member of the Legisla- 
tive Assembly, George Petersen, des- 
cribed the deportation order as "the 
height of absurdity." LizKirkby, State 
Parliamentary leader for the Australian 
Democrats, points out, "If Mr Bright 
had been residing in Victoria or South 
Australia he never would have been con- 
victed of any crime." 

An appeals tribunal was to have heard 
Bright's appeal of the 1982 deportation 
order February 14 but the department of 
immigration reclassified him as an 
"illegal immigrant" on February 10, 
thus revoking his right to appeal. 

Defence lawyer David Buchanan pro- 
tested the late notice of the department's 
intention to block the appeal, saying it 
amounted to "a perversion of the proce- 
dures of the tribunal, which are designed 
to prevent this sort of trial by ambush . ' ' 
Buchanan then went on to apply for 
standing for the Gay Solidarity Group, 
arguing that an interested party could 
fight a deportation order even when the 
deportee could not present his or her 
appeal. 

Mr Justice Gallop reserved his deci- 
sion on the new application and Bright 
must be permitted to remain in Australia 
in the meantime. It is unlikely that the 
judge will deliver a decision before late 
March. D 

Connecticut coalition 
puslies equality bill 

HARTFORD — A statewide coalition 
has been formed in Connecticut to push 
a bill in the Legislative Assembly to ban 
discrimination on the basis of "sexual 
status." The bill has been co-sponsored 
by 20 state legislators. 

"Sexual status" has been defined as 
being identified with, having a history 
of, or engaging in, any sort of private 
sexual behaviour, and is modelled after 
the precedent-setting Wisconsin lesbian- 
and gay-rights bill. Supporters are 
hoping for passage during this session 
since Representative Irving Stolberg, the 
bill's original sponsor, is now Speaker of 
the House. 

A statewide conference to coordinate 
gay community efforts on behalf of the 
bill was held February 13. The meeting 
also set up a planning committee to 
organize the state's second lesbian and 
gay pride festival. 

The bill won its first victory February 
2 when the Judiciary Committee voted 
to give it public hearing. After the hear- 
ing, it is expected to move to the floors 
of the house and Senate. 

A similar bill has also been introduced 
into the California State Legislature and 
San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein 
has publicly signed a resolution giving 
the city's official support to the effort. 
There is speculation that the mayor's 
move was an attempt to recoup her tar- 
nished image with the gay community 
after her veto of a municipal bill that 
would have given gay partners the same 
benefit rights as married couples. 

The California bill has been intro- 
duced every year for the last four years 
but supporters are optimistic about its 
chances for success this session. D 



Cops ignore protest, 
hit club a second time 

SYDNEY — For the second time in less 
than a month, police have raided Club 
80, a popular gay disco. Eleven men 
were arrested on charges of scandalous 
conduct and other sex offences in the se- 
cond raid, which took place Friday, 
February 25. 

In the January 29 raid, 250 patrons 
were held for four hours and four men 




^nqty: protesters outside Darlingtiurst station 

were charged with sexual offences. A 
thousand people marched in protest 
February 5 demanding an end to police 
harassment, repeal of anti-gay laws and 
the dropping of all charges. 

Four hundred lesbians and gay men 
attended a hastily called community 
meeting on Sunday, February 27, in 
response to the second raid and the 
crowd made an angry impromptu march 
on the Darlinghurst police station 
following the meeting. A larger demon- 
stration was followed by a march to the 
parliament building Tuesday, March 8. 

The police attacks have come in 
response to a change in the New South 
Wales anti-discrimination act late last 
year to protect lesbians and gay men. 
The police were apparently furious with 
the change. Ironically, it is still illegal to 
engage in homosexual activity under the 
state Crimes Act, giving police wide 
scope in their power to arrest and detain 
members of the community. D 

UK"brothel"busted; 
new law pinches pom 

LONDON — Twenty-three gay men 
were arrested in a police raid on the Al- 
bion Sauna in Wallasey, near Liverpool, 
January 23. At least ten men have been 
charged with gross indecency and the 
sauna's owners face prosecution for 
"running a brothel." 

The raid involved three vanloads of 
police, who arrived at 5:00 on Sunday 
afternoon. The men were taken to local 
police stations for booking. 

Tom Kynaston, spokesperson for the 
local chapter of the Campaign for 
Homosexual Equality, (CHE) said the 
raids had taken place against a back- 
ground of perpetual harassment of gay 
men in the area. There has been an in- 
crease in gross indecency and buggery 
charges and police have threatened to 
lay even more serious charges against 
men pulled in for minor offences. "It's a 
deliberate attempt to discredit the gay 
community," he said. A number of nor- 
thern English gay groups are meeting to 
plan a response. 

In London, new "sex-shop" licensing 
legislation may force many stores selling 
gay pornography out of business. The 



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law demands a license fee of up to 
£5,000 for "sex shops." But licensed 
shops can still be raided by police under 
obscene-publications legislation . 

"The license is fuck all," said Roy 
Powel of Zipper, a store specializing in 
erotic material. "It's a way of getting a 
lot of money out of you but the police 
can still raid. It doesn't give you a license 
to sell sex goods. "D 

Fantasy line cut off 
by American Express 

SAN FRANCISCO — A gay telephone- 
fantasy line has filed suit against the 
American Express Company charging 
discrimination against its company and 
customers. The suit asks for damages in 
excess often million dollars. 

The Connecter is a computer-operated 
telephone-conference line through which 
gay men can talk with others anywhere 
in the USA and several other countries. 
The business is part of the expanding 
market for telephone sex. Customers 
can charge their calls to credit cards 
issued by most major companies. 

The Connector's merchant account 
with American Express was abruptly 
cancelled January 31 on the grounds that 
such business did not fit the American 
Express Company's image. In their suit, 
Connector's lawyers point out that 
American Express cards are accepted by 
a number of heterosexual telephone-sex 
and massage businesses. D 

Black gays criticize 
Mel Boozer dismissal 

WASHINGTON, DC — Mel Boozer, 
director of the Washington office of the 
National Gay Task Force, resigned 
"with regret" February 28 under pres- 
sure from the NGTF's new director, 
Virginia Apuzzo. Washington gay black 




Boozer: ' 'used as a token to be discarded ' ' 

leaders called the removal of Boozer, 
who is black, an "extremely distressing 
development." 

Boozer had headed the Washington 
office since its creation in 1981 and was 
considered an ally of Lucia Valeska, the 
former NGTF executive director who was 
ousted by the group's board late last 
year. 

"1 have a new administration and 1 
want to put a team together that I feel 
will be able to maximize the potential of 
certain program directions 1 have in 
mind," said Apuzzo. "We will be work- 
ing in much closer cooperation with 
organizations that Mel (Boozer) has not 



been able to establish a positive rapport 
with, and I don't feel he's in a position 
to maximize the success of the pro- 
gram." Apuzzo said she was surprised 
by charges that a racial motivation was 
involved in Boozer's resignation. 

The leaders of Washington's black gay 
community issued an open letter, saying 
that Boozer's dismissal was symbolic of 
"the insensitivity of the white gay power 
structure" to the concerns of black gays. 
Gil Gerald, president of the DC Coali- 
tion of Black Gays, said that Boozer's 
resignation seemed symbolic: it ap- 
peared that a black gay person was being 
used as a token only to be discarded 
when his usefulness had ended. 

"To force him out without recogniz- 
ing his contribution and in the way they 
handled it gives one the impression he 
has been dumped on," said Dr James 
Tinney, pastor of Faith Temple, a black 
gay church. 

Boozer's replacement. Gay Activist 
Alliance President Jeff Levi, said it 
would be inappropriate for him to com- 
ment on the specifics of the letter. He 
noted, however, that it "raises issues 
that NGTF as an organization and the 
entire gay movement must deal with."n 

No teeth in California 
discrimination ban 

SACRAMENTO — A lesbian law firm, 
the Lesbian Rights Project, (LRP) is 
representing Boyce Hinman, a gay man, 
in a suit against the State of California 
for the denial of health benfits to Hin- 
man's lover. 

The Department of Personnel Admin- 
istration handles the dental claims of 
state employees, and spouses of employ- 
ees are elegible for dental coverage. 

"Here's a person who has worked for 
ten years and is receiving less compensa- 
tion than his co-workers for no reason," 
said Roberta Achtenberg, of the LRP. 
"As a homosexual he's paying for 
others to take advantage of a benefit he 
can't have. You can't base eligibility for 
benefits on marriage at the same time 
you deny certain people the right to 
marry." Achtenberg will argue that the 
policy violates the Equal Protection 
clause of the US constitution and a 1979 
executive order banning discrimination 
on the basis of sexual orientation in the 
state. 

Hinman said his co-workers are "very 
supportive." He said he knew many les- 
bian and gay male state employees with 
"family partners" who can't risk the 
repercussions of coming out. Many les- 
bians and gay men have been poorly 
treated when they were discovered in 
spite of the state anti-discrimination 
order. 

Achtenberg predicts strong opposition 
to the case. "California is presently 
bankrupt and this policy change could 
cost the state a significant amount of 
money." The Roman Catholic Arch- 
bishop of San Francisco has already 
taken a stand against a city domestic 
partner's bill in a letter to Mayor Dianne 
Feinstein. The Archbishop said the bill, 
which would have given the same benefit 
rights to gay couples presently enjoyed 
by married heterosexuals, would 
"threaten the institution of marriage." 
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TBP'S GUIDE TO WHAT'S GOING ON IN TORONTO THIS MONTH 



Clneroa Stephen Stuckey 

[ZWomanfilm. Part of Women Building Cul- 
ture. A series of films made by women, 
including the premieres of works by Barbara 
Hammer, Barbara Martineau, Nesya 
Shapiro, Laura Sky, and Michelen Noel. 
Bloor Cinema (at Bathurst). Apr 14-17. For 
details, call 534-1682. 
n Reflections in a Golden Eye. Extremely 
odd 1967 John Huston work set in Georgia. 
US Army Major Marlon Brando is a re- 
pressed homo who develops a very fatal 
crush on a young soldier while his wife Liz 
Taylor has an affair with their neighbour, 
the wife of whom has lopped off her nipples 
with the garden shears. This film is not 
screened often. Bloor Cinema (at Bathurst). 
Apr 6, 9:30 pm. 532-6677. 
Clf.... Lindsay Anderson's 1968 fantasy 
about a schoolboys' rebellion in a British 
public school, featuring Malcolm McDowell 
and many other surreal images. On a double 
bill with A Clockwork Orange. Bloor Cin- 
ema (at Bathurst). April 9, 7 pm. 532-6677. 
nToolsle. Will Dustin has the Oscar for his 



portrayal of a tough-talking purse-toting 
female impersonator /soap opera sensation in 
sensible shoes? Only Hollywood knows. Join 
the zillions of happy moviegoers who have 
seen this loopy comedy. Hyland 2, Yonge at 
St Clair, 962-2891. 

DLianna. Fine Arts, Yonge north of Eglin- 
ton. 487-4548. See review p 34. 

Stage Jon Kaplan 

n Brave New Works. Factory Theatre Lab's 
annual workshop of new scripts. Jan 
Kudelka's American Demon focuses on 
images of women, America, and rock 'n' roll 
(March 22-25). Sky Gilbert's latest. Boy 
Sonata, is a stylish entertainment about two 
men against a backdrop of the music of their 
lives (March 26-30). Two one-act works 
come from Montreal — Helen Weinzweig's 
My Mother's Luck, about a mother and 
daughter in crisis, and Jovette 
Marchessault's highly stylized theatrical 
poem Night Cows (April 21-24). A Day in 
the Life of..., a musical drama by Bryan 
Wade and Joey Miller, deals with the life of a 
transsexual (April 27-30). Theatre Passe 



Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave. 864-9971. 
DMatrimonium. Toronto playwright 
Donald Martin's "theatrical event" about 
two gay men and a woman has already been 
staged in New York and London, and is now 
brought to TO by Steven Rumbelow, artistic 
director of England's reknowned Triple 
Action Theatre Co. Apr 7-30, 8 pm (Sun 
matinee, 2:30 pm). Upstairs at the Blue 
Angel, 269 Queen St W. 593-1521. $6-8, Sun- 
day: pay-what-you-can. 
DMagda. John Herbert's new work will re- 
ceive a series of readings as part of Theatre 
Autumn Angel's Talk Back series. The 
author of Fortune and Men 's Eyes now turns 
his attention to a concentration camp survi- 
vor who seeks vengeance against her former 
tormentor. April 10, 17, and 24 at 2:30 pm. 
The Rivoli, 322 Queen St W. 365-0533. 
DGeometry. In Rachel Wyatt's comedy, two 
teachers at a boarding school develops more 
than professional interest in a new young 
math instructor. Opens April 7. Tarragon 
Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave. 531-1827. 
n Later. A play by Corinne Jacker about 
mothers and daughters. The author describes 
the play as "a meditation on women and 



In his latest production, Pasolini/Pelosi: The 
God in the Unknown Flesh. Sky Gilbert prom- 
ises us a complex view of Pasolini's strange 
life and death from a number of arresting 
points of view. The play explodes the popular 
myth of Pasolini 's supposed ' 'depravity" by 
confronting the director's fascination with the 
extremes of sensual and violent experience 
not as a mere ' 'death-wish, ' ' but as an 
undeniable aspect of modern living which 
can 7 be ignored or facilely dismissed. ' 'It 
wasn't the fascists who killed Pasolini, " Gil- 
bert argues, ' 'It was the middle class he 
hated so much. ' ' Yet the play makes few 
value judgments about Pasolini's world-view, 
satirizing rather his self-righteous bourgeois 
detractors. 

The mosaic of scenes moving backwards 
and forwards in time may baffle some 
theatregoers who prefer the cheerful seduc- 
tions of linear story-line. In Act One we find 
Pasolini in control, directing one scene or 
another in a film studio or in an old movie 
house (the steamy jerk-off scene counter- 
pointing Rita Hayworth's voluptuous "orgy of 
passion ' ' promises to be a Gilbert tour de 
force!). Things get darker in Act Two, with 
Pasolini's devil/angel antithesis more violent, 
corrosive. 

Gilbert presents the inevitable murder 
scene not merely as the sensational finale to 
a troubled life, but more honestly as yet one 
more fragment of Pasolini's jigsaw-puzzle 
myth. The simulated fellation preceding the 
actual murder is calculated to arouse and dis- 
turb, with Angelo Pedar (as Pelosi, left; at 
right is Daniel Allman) exuding the danger- 
ous, raw sexuality which feeds Pasolini's 
consuming desire to explore the holy demonic 
reaches of sensation. Patsy Lang's ambitious 
set designs — a series of large scrims with 
changing projections — evoke the fascinating 
complexity of Pasolini's world and myth, at 
the same time providing us with a visual con- 
text for Gilbert's provocative, multi- textured 
Gospel According to Saint (?!) Pier Paolo 
Pasolini. 

Pasolini/Pelosi plays Thursday to Sunday 
through April 3 at The Theatre Centre, 666 
King St W. For ticket information, call 
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water." Through March 
27. Toronto Free Theatre, 
26 Berkeley St. 368-2856. 
D Female Parts. Four views of women, from 
the comic to the tragic, comprise this work 
by Italian Dario Fo and his wife Franca 
Rame. Opens April 8. Toronto Workshop 
Productions, 12 Alexander St. 925-8640. 
D Female Transport. A 1973 drama by Steve 
Gooch, a tough and realistic account of the 
hardships of six female convicts transported 
to Australia in the early nineteenth century. 
An Equity Showcase production. April 7-10. 
235 Queen's Quay W. 869-8412. 
DOn the Razzle. The new St Lawrence Cen- 
tre building opens with the North American 
premiere of Tom Stoppard's latest comedy./. 
Opens March 25. 27 Front St E. 366-7723. 
DThe Coronation of Poppea. One of the 
earliest operas (1642), this work by 
Monteverdi involves Roman emperor Nero, 
his wife Ottavia, and the ambitious cour- 
tesan Poppea. The title gives away the end- 
ing. Poppea's maid is played by a man in 
drag. April 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30. O'Keefe 
Centre, Front & Yonge. 698-2626. 
DLa Fanciulla del West. One of Puccini's 
lesser-known operas, an Italian's vision of 
gamblers, canteen heroines, and desperados 
in the wild west. Starring Johanna Meier and 
Giorgio Lamberti. April 8, 12, 14, 17, 20, 23. 
O'Keefe Centre, Front & Yonge. 698-2626. 
DMad in Canada. Comedy revue with more 
geniality than biting satire. Its gay sketch is 
sympathetic if predictable. Mon-Fri, 8:30 
pm; Sat, 8 and 10:30 pm; Mon, pay what 
you can. Old Angelo's, 45 Elm St. 597-0155. 
D Cabaret. Starring Tom Kneebone and Jan 
Kudelka. Teller's Cage Dinner Theatre, 
Commerce Court. 862-1434. 
DOh! 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. 
DLel 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 1 1 pm. 598-3013. 

Music Andrew Zealley 

DDave Howard Singers. Toronto-based DH 
and his favourite backing tapes perform 
minimal electronic punk /pop. March 25, 26. 
Beverley Tavern, 240 Queen St W. 
D Angel Staccato and the White Rebels. The 
feminist-oriented band celebrates its first 
anniversary, at the Cameron House, Apr 7 
and 8. Tickets $3 at the Cameron. 408 Queen 
St W (at Spadina). 364-081 1. 
DThe Fall. The hex-induction hour begins 
here. UK non-dance band with a sense of 
volume and imagination. April 21. Larry's, 
Carlton & Jarvis. Tickets at Record Peddler 
and BASS. 

D Holly Near and Ronnie Gilbert. Gilbert, 
of the Weavers, joins Near in a concert with 
Jeff Langley and sign language artist Susan 
Freundlich. April 9, 8 pm. Convocation 
Hall, U of T. BASS, Toronto Women's Book- 
store and SAC. Limited childcare available. 
D Lawrence Pitchko. A solo recital of vir- 
tuoso piano music. April 17, 8 pm. St Law- 
rence Centre Town Hall. 366-7723. 

Art Nicolas Jenkins 

n Punchinello Gallery. Exhibits this month 
include "The Androgyne," SX-70 colour 
photography and video on "metasex" by 
Joan Woodward, Apr 3-23; and "Self- 
Portraits by Men," a juried exhibition on 
varied media (deadline for submissions Apr 
10), Apr 24-May 14. Thurs-Sun, 1-5 pm. 
204A Baldwin St. 593-5054. 
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the eight-week long festival. "Women and 
Architecture," Apr 2-15 at ARC, 789 Queen 
St W; panel on "Women in Performance," 
Apr 25, 8 pm, 536 Queen St W (864-0891); 
"Edible Art Show," closing party at 8 pm, 
Apr 30, also 536 Queen St W. 

□ Dead Animals: The Politics of Murder. 
Sculpture /installation by Rick Gibson on 
how we treat animals and people. Apr 16-28, 
ARC, 789 Queen St W. 368-5643. 

□ OCA Film & Video. Screening of the 
year's best (and worst) by students at the 
Ontario College of Art. Apr 1 , 8 pm. $3. 
The Funnel, 507 King St E. 364-7003. 

□ International Video Festival. Two weeks 
of screenings and workshops. Among those 
involved are Chris Burden, Ulrike Rosen- 
bach and Stuart Marshal. Apr 29-May 12, 
ARC, 789 Queen St W, 368-5643. 



EATING OUT 



Greg Saint Louis 

* Members of Lambda Business Council 

' ISpeclal this Issue: Jennie's. Pretty East Side 
eatery is so subdued you won't even notice ttie 
streetcars drifting by. Fresh daily dishes and reas- 
onable bar prices. Polite, attentive service. $15-30 
for 2 Live piano Fri and Sat nite and happy hour all 
day Sunday 360 Queen St E. 861-1461 . 
! lAmsterdam Caf6. Still the best deli 'n' Dutch 
treats on Church St, 485 |ust south of V*llesley. 
[ IBarney's. Breakfast and lunch JUST Pi^iN GOOD. 
$10 or less for 2 385 Queen St W 
I iBemelman's. Pop singles bar and pricey 
restaurant. Fashionably cruisy, especially early 
Sunday 83 Bloor St W. 960-0306. 
□ Blue Angel. Special extended happy hours from 
4-7 pm and 11-1 am daily — good news for thirsty 
shoppers 269 Queen W 593-1521 

! Caf6 New Orleans. See/be seen patio packed 
year round Beer, wine, innocuous fare Go for the 
view 618 Yonge St 922-2439 
I iCarlevale's. Unaffected distinction in Italian din- 
ing at a languid pace. 158 Avenue Rd. 922-4787. 
! Xhez Loli. Cozy, very pink. New-French meals 
$40+ for 2 69 Yorkville Ave 960-0894 
"k Crispins, Innovative winter prix-lixe and d la 
carte menus: European, local and vegetarian 




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cuisines. Popular wine list, well researched. 
$20-50 for 2. 66 Gerrard St E. 977-1919. 
*Dud8s. Full menu. 10 Breadalbane (behind 
Parkslde Tavern). 923-6136. 

□ Emilio's. Sandwich stop, restaurant, baron low 
east side. Brilliant menu changes every week. 
$20-40 for 2. 127 Queen St E. 366-3354. 

□ Fare Exchange. Small neighbourhood cafe. 4 
Irwin Ave. 923-5924. 

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

□ Fiesta. Bright, lively hyper-trend restaurant; 
unusual specials. 838 Yonge St. 924-1990. 

□ Figaro Ristorante and Cabaret. Italian food, LA 
entertainment. 21 Yorkville Ave. 923-3263. 

□ 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. 

□ 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. Cafe-bar with full menu plus late-nlte 
snack stuff. Music drifts from disco to nuevo wavo. 
4:30 pm-3 am (4 am weekends). 2 for 1 brunch 
first Sun of month. 580 Parliament St. 922-6655. 

□ Living Well is the Best Revenge. Late-date caf6 
open daily until 2, Frl&Satto4. Soup/- 
sandwiches, beer/wine 692 Yonge St. 922-6770 

n Major Roberts. Neighbourhood bar upstairs, 
dining downstairs. Inexpensive lunches; fixed- 
price Sunday brunch. 124 Harbord St. 968-7000. 

n Master Chef. Spanish goodies and |ugs of 
Sangria $25-40 for 2. Bloor St W at Brunswick. 
n Metropolitan. Snappy Jetson-like space — 
attracts advance guard of fashion Food unpredict- 
able. Sporty lounge quiet on Sunday afternoons. 
667 Yonge St 968-2571. 

□ Mushrooms. Casual basement restaurant. Busi- 
ness clientele changes to show-blz/gay crowd in 
late eve 49 Front St E 368-1898 

□ The Outpost (at Hotel California). Inexpensive 
menu 319 Jarvis St 925-6215 

[ I Parkway Restaurant and Tavern. Vintage Cab- 
bagetown chophouse with tree live acts. $10 or 
less 488 Parliament St 924-7202 
nPeachtree Restaurant. Burgers, salads, soups, 
desserts Till l am dally 678 Yonge St 967-4800 
*■ Pimblett's. Gaudy friendly British pub/bistro — 



import draught, desserts. 249 Gerrard St E. 
929-9525. 

□ Queen Mother Cafe. Cosy, informal place with 
reasonably priced soups, salads, sandwiches and 
desserts. 206 Queen St W. 598-4719. 

□ Raclette. Hearty sandwiches, lively salads, fon- 
dues, raclettes, and a truly amazing by-the-glass 
wine list. $15-30 for 2. 361 Queen St W. 593-0934. 

□ The Rivoli. Popular soup, sandwich and dessert 
spot with Laotian specialities. Cabaret space in 
back room. 334 Queen St W. 596-1908. 

□ Le Select Bistro. Parisian fare, daily specials and 
vins du jour. Jazz/blues tapes and smart service. 
$1 5-30 for 2. 328 Queen St W. 596-6405. 

□ 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. 

□The Barn. 83 Granby St. 977-4702. Casual 

stand-up bar and disco. 

□Boots (at the Selby). 592 Sherbourne St. 

921-3142. Dance floor, lounge, casual dining room. 

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□Buddy's Backroom Bar. 370 Church St. 
977-9955. Chatty, casual stand-up bar. 
□Bud's (at Hotel Selby). 592 Sherbourne St. 
921-1035. Video, dance floor. 
□Cameo Club. 95 Trinity St 368-2824. Licensed 
private dance club for women. Fri and Sat only. 
□Cornelius. 579 Yonge St. 967-4666. Bar, 
generous dance floor. All week and after-hours. 
□Dudes. 10 Breadalbane St (laneway behind 
Parkslde Tavern). 923-6136. Stand-up and after- 
hours bar and restaurant. 
□Katrina's. 5 St Joseph St. 961-4740. Stand-up 
bar with dance floor. Open Fri and Sat to 4 am. 
Cover charge on weekends. Dining lounge. 

□ Les Cavaliers. 418 Church St. 977-4702. Piano 
singalong bar, very chatty. 

□ Malloney's. 85 Grenvllle St (one west of Bay). 
922-4106 Bar/dance floor Lesbians and gay men. 
□The Outpost (at Hotel California). 319 Jarvis St 
(side entrance). 925-6215 Leather and denim 
crowd, esp weekends. Dining room, pool room 
□Parkslde Tavern. 530 Yonge St 922-3844. Bar. 
dining room and men's beverage room. 

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

room and upstairs disco. 

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

City's landmark straight-owned gay bar. 

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

room Comfortable space for women. 

[The Tool Box. Leather club bar. 18 Eastern Ave 

368-4040. Happy hour, 9-10 pm 



Baths 



The Backdoor Gym and Sauna. 12 1/2 Elm St 

(laneway west of Yonge St 2 blocks south of Ger- 
rard St) 977-5997 24 hours 

The Barracks. 56 WIdmer St 593-0499 Leather/ 
denim 6 pm-4 am, 24 hours on weekends 
TheClub. 231 f»^ulualSt 977-4629 24 hours 
The Roman's Health and Recreation Spa. 742 
Bay St 598 2110 24 hours 



Discos 



Charly's. 488 Yonge St. upstairs 925-5517 
Menonly Fri and Sat. 10 pm to 3:30 am 

Club Mystique. 16 Phipps Ave (behind Sutton 
Place Hoteii 927-7707 Fri-Sun. 

Manatee. ilASlJoseph St 922-1898 Men 
only Fri-Sun 

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APRIL 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/21 



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FRUIT COCKTAIL: 
A SWEET TREAT 

"Hey, I've got a great idea! Let's put on 
a show! I'll write the music, and you can 
be the star, and Billy's uncle has a 
barn...." 

No, you're not being Mickey-and- 
Judied to death, and you won't see the 
finale in a barn (at least now that the 
Ryerson Theatre has put in raked seat- 
ing), but Fruil Cocktail, the first Gay 
Community Appeal show, has as much 
spirit and talent behind it as any "local 
talent show" in a '30s MGM musical. 

The show was masterminded by a de- 
termined group of people including pro- 
ducer Peter Caldwell, head writer Jim 
Star, and company manager Mary 
Harvey, all experienced theatre profes- 
sionals. They can't think of any compar- 
able event in North America, except for 
shows done by a small group in San 
Francisco. The Toronto revue, with a 
script coordinated by a team of writers, 
now has more than 250 amateur and 
professional people working on a pro- 
duction that will be presented on two 
evenings, April 24 and 25, with a poten- 
tial audience of 2,500. 

As Caldwell explains, the organizers 
gave everyone involved in Toronto's 
"gay theatre" a chance to participate. 
"Among those who will be part of the 
show, either as writers or performers, 
are John Herbert, Sky Gilbert, David 
Roche, Lim, Stephen Ralston, Nion, 
Michael Riordon, and Heather Ramsey. 

"But we also wanted to bring in those 
people not specifically involved in gay 
theatre, theatre professionals who are 
gay and who want a chance to perform 
or write material that is gay. The show 
will also give them a chance to do a 
large-scale production; the gay issue 
aside, it's rare that a writer or composer 
has a chance to see forty or fifty people, 
rather than three, doing one of his or her 
numbers." 





Puttin' on a show: (back) Jim Star, David 
Hall, Peter Caldwell, (front) Mary Harvey. 
Wendy Bottrell and Ray Barnard, some of ttie 
organizing team for Fruit Cocktail. 




The idea of a gay show has been 
around since 1981, when Jim Star got to- 
gether with Harvey Hamburg to round 
up talent and put on a revue as a fund- 
raiser for the Gay Community Appeal. 
The result was to be called Ripe 
Tomatoes, but the effort got, if you'll 
pardon the pun, canned — there were 
too few bodies for the large-scale show 
that the organizers envisioned. Last 
November, Caldwell met with the GCA 
board and worked out the details of an- 
other show. "If we sell out," says 
Caldwell, "the GCA stands to earn a 
profit of $20,000, about a third of their 
goal this year." 

The organizers also see a social and 
political function for Fruit Cocktail; it's 
a chance for a large number of people in 
the gay community to pull together and 
create something special. Apart from 
Gay Pride Day and the occasional 
dance, it's rare for the community to 
meet for a positive, celebratory purpose 
— not, as with a demonstration, in reac- 
tion to something negative. Though the 
show is political by its very existence, the 
organizers don't intent that the script 
make a specific political statement. "We 
want the show to be a poke in the ribs," 
says Star, "a chance to laugh at 
ourselves." 

Mary Harvey stresses the social aspect 
of the revue. "It gives people who don't 
go to bars and aren't involved in gay 
community events a chance to meet and 
interact with other gay people." 

She also brings up a problem the or- 
ganizers had to face — the small number 

of women who showed up at the audi- 
tion. "We had to go on a drive 
f or more women. We called 
all '^ ^ the lesbians we knew and 
tried to convince them that they'd 
always wanted a career on the stage. I'm 
pleased with the results, especially since 
many of the people whose arms I twisted 
did wonderful auditions and are now en- 
thusiastically involved in the show." 
Still, there are proportionately fewer 
women involved than men, a fact that 
Harvey thinks will lead to unfair criti- 
cism of the producers. 

Fruit Cocktail will be a full-scale 
revue, a collection of songs, dances and 
comedy material, complete with orches- 
tra, costumes and production numbers. 
It's not a variety show, with individual 
numbers plugged together just before 
the opening, but a carefully coordinated 
endeavour with 130 performers. This 
number includes the hundred in the cast 
as well as The New Voice (the recently 
reorganized gay choir), and The Time 



Outs (a new harmony singing group). 

You can look forward to a song about 
the Barracks written and performed by 
John Herbert, and musical numbers 
borrowed from March of the Falsettos, 
Dreamgirls, and Merrily iVe Roll Along. 
Lim has choreographed a piece for 
members of the Gay Street Patrol. Ori- 
ginal sketches deal with coming out to 
Mum, a gay TV game show, a lesbian 
fashion show called Dyke Duds, the 
mandatory bar scene, and a gay news 
show ("It's eleven o'clock... do you 
know where your lover is?"). Surprises 
and guests, says Caldwell, will help to 
give the show a festive atmosphere. 

Fruit Cocktail is a show by and for the 
lesbian and gay community, though of 
course it's open to anyone. "We want 
the evening as an occasion to have fun 
for ourselves," says Harvey. "If others 
want to come to our party, they can." 

Tickets for Fruit Cocktail are $12 and 
on sale at the Ryerson Theatre box 
office, Glad Day, the Toronto Women's 
Bookstore, and Return to Sender. Per- 
formances are 8 pm, April 24 and 25, at 
the Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard Street 
East. Jon Kaplan D 



ON THE TOWN 



Or perhaps, this month at least, "Out in 
the Country' ' . . . . WOODS (Women Out- 
doors) is a new group which has all sorts 
of events planned for the coming 
months. "You don't have to be an 
expert at any outdoor skills, just enthu- 
siastic," say the organizers. For info, 
call 463-0924 or 530-4007.... Meanwhile, 
the Out & Out Club has got itself so or- 
ganized that they have as many as five 
different events planned for each week 
this spring. Check the calendar.... 
Stages has cut its admission down to 
$3.99 for March, April and May (no, it's 
not true that your coupons from Lob- 
laws will get you in for free).... 18 
Eastern Avenue has had yet another 
facelift, with a new owner and a new 
name — The Tool Box. 

John AllecD 

TALESOFAURANIAN 

The Dear Love of Comrades by Noel Grelg. 
University College Playhouse. February 27- 
March6. 

The most heartfelt thing a reviewer can 
say about the Canadian premiere of The 
Dear Love of Comrades was that it closed 
too soon. Director Greg Magirescu and 
cast brought a radiant combination of 
energy, wit and dramatic and musical 
prowess to bear on Greig's version of the 
life of Edward Carpenter, 19th-century 
"Uranian" liberationist and egalitarian 
visionary. 

Greig's script takes a theatrical com- 
pany to task: the actors who play 
Carpenter and the three Georges who 
loved him (Merril, Hukin, and Adams) 
must not only take on difficult roles, but 
must also sing solo and in harmony on a 
variety of anthems, ballads, and pub 
tunes. The set must serve as the utopia- 
in-miniature farm where Carpenter re- 
sides; the railroad cars, railroad stations, 
and speaker's platforms he comes across 
while touring as a socialist lecturer; and 
the houses, pubs, and publishers' dining 
rooms in which his personal entangle- 
ments progress. 

Magirescu and company brought off 
all the complexities with a finesse that 
was almost entirely consistent. Special 
mention to Jonathon Allore as George 
Adams and to Kevin McGugan as a vivid 
George Merril. Wish you all could have 
seen 'em. Richard SummerbellD 



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PULL OUT AND PUT UP 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

IN TORONTO 

FROM WEDNESDAY 

MARCH 23 

TO SATURDAY 

APRIL 30 

1983 




Bod^iyic 



WED/MAR 23 



ZOul & Out Mid-Week Cross-Country Ski- 
ing. The last of this year's outings. 927-0970. 
ZlGay 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/MAR24 

Z 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. 
ZJGays and Lesbians at U of T. Presentation 
on "Homophobic Graffiti," and elections 
for next year's committee. International Stu- 
dent Centre, 8 pm. 



SAT/MAR 26 

lI Mardi 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. 
DJs Krys Shepherd and Two Man Sound 
(Peter Seifert and Michael Temple) play the 
latest in disco, and Ilona Laney plays rock, 
new wave and women's music. Proceeds to 
28 community groups. Tickets $7, available 
at Toronto Women's Bookstore (40C sur- 
charge) and Glad Day Books, or $5 after 
1 am. The Concert Hall, 888 Yonge St (at 
Davenport). 9 pm-5 am. 
DGender Blender Dance. Licensed dance 
sponsored by the U of T Sex Ed Centre. The 
Buttery. Devonshire Place. 8:30 pm. $3. 
DThe Children's Hour. See box p 26. 

SUN/MAR 27 

D Canadian Day of Lesbian Action. No 

events planned for Toronto. 

TUES/MAR29 

D Integrity (gay Anglicans). Special service: 
6 pm, Eucharist; 7:15: dinner; 8: Meditation 
led by Sr Thelma Ann; 9:15: compline. 
Church of the Holy Trinity (Eaton Centre). 
DChutzpah Passover Celebration. 782-3942. 

WED/MAR 30 

DOut & Out Birdwatching Film Night. 

Featuring The Blue Heron. Info: 927-0970. 

THURS/MAR31 

CGay Fathers and Psychiatric Counselling. 

Discussion led by Dr K Meen. 519 Church St 
Community Centre, 8 pm. Info: Gay Fathers 
of Toronto, 368-1 166 or 967-4203. 

FRI/APR 1 

DCAN-AM Weekend at The Outpost. 
Various events planned through to Monday. 

SAT/APR 2 

DOut & Out Orienteering Clinic. Day-long 
field trip. Find your way out of the woods... 
with or without a friend! Bring hiking and 
raingear, lunch and a compass. $5. 927-0970. 
n April Fool's Dance. Sponsored by Les- 
bians Against the Right. 519 Church St 
Community Centre. Info: 923-GAYS. 



TUES/APR5 



C'ls Your Health in Danger?" An informa- 
tion forum about AIDS and Hepatitis B spon- 
sored by Gays in Health Care. See ad p 10. 
G Lesbian and Gay Pavilion at Metro Cara- 
van '84. Anyone interested in putting on a 
public, nine-day entertainment and cultural 
pavilion in June 1984 is invited to attend this 
founding meeting. 519 Church St Commun- 
ity Centre, 7:30 pm. Info: Tri-Aid, 922-9264. 

WED/APR 6 

r WOODS (Women Outdoors). First 
meeting — all women welcome! 7:30 pm, 
519 Church St Community Centre. 463-0924. 
Z "Gay/Lesbian Rights In Education." An 
NDP Gay and Lesbian Caucus meeting. 519 
Church St Community Centre, 7:30 pm. 
-Lesbian Phoneline Monthly Meeting. New 
volunteers welcome. 348 College St, 3rd 
floor, 7 pm. Info: 960-3249, Tues eves. 
Z, Reflections in a Golden Eye. See Cinema. 



THURS/APR7 



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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 1983 

FOR MORE UP-TO-DATE INFO 

CALL 923-GAYS 



DMatrimonium. Opening night. See Stage. 

FRI/APR 8 

DGLAUT Licensed Party. The year's last 
get-together for Gays and Lesbians at U of 
T. The Music Room, Hart House. 8 pm. 

SAT/APR 9 

DOut & Out Goes Maple-sugaring. Bring 
home a sample of Canada's spring harvest 
and share a repast of sausages and pancakes 
at a member's home. Book early and bring 
warm clothing. $5. 927-0970. 
nif.... See Cinema. 

SUN/APR 10 

DWOODS (Women Outdoors) Map & Com- 
pass Clinic. Call 463-0924 by April 3. 



D "Whitewater Canoeing." An Out & Out 

film night. An excellent introduction to the 
sport. 7:30 pm. $2. 927-0970. 
D Holocaust Remembrance Day. Chutzpah 
holds a discussion on "Us and Germany To- 
day." 2 pm at Arnold's. Info: 782-3942. 
DThe Violet Butterfly. Poetry workshop 
series for women at Cecil St Community 
Centre, 58 Cecil St. 2 pm. Free. Also April 
24th. Info: Aline, 368-8509. 
DMagda. John Herbert's new play opens. 
See Stage. 

TUES/APR 12 

D Lesbians Against the Right Reorganizes. 

Large open meeting to discuss revival and 
direction of the group. Write LAR for info 
on time and location. 
D Lambda Business Council Dinner Meet- 
ing. Prospective members welcome. 7:30 pm 
at Jennie's Restaurant, 360 Queen St E. 
Info: Isabel Smythe, 960-1291. 

WED/APR 13 

DOut & Out Bike Clinic. Bring your bike, or 
just come and take part. 927-0970. 

THURS/APR 14 

D "Single Parenting." A discussion by Gay 
Fathers of Toronto. 519 Church St Com- 
munity Centre, 8 pm. 368-1 166 or 967-4203. 

FRI/APR 15 

DOut & Out Outdoor Equipment Clinic. In- 
formation session on basic equipment, where 
to get it, and prices. Free. 8 pm. 927-0970. 

SAT/APR 16 

DOut & Out Goes Horsebackriding. Here's 



Rita Mae Brown, author of the popular lesbian classic Rubyfrult Jungle, will be in Toronto May 
5tt) to publicize Sudden Death, tier new novel about a world tennis ctiampion wtiose secret 
love affair is ttireatened by a very talkative former lover and current rival. Publisher's Weekly 
says of the book: ' 'Brown 's publicized liaison with Martina Navratilova may spur sales, but 
her thoughtful novel about the problems of being a lesbian in today's society, human relation- 
ships and a sport destroyed by commercialization stands quite vigorously on its own without 
the gossipy associations. ' ' Brown will sign copies of the new book at the Toronto Women 's 
Bookstore (85 Harbord St, 922-8744) from 12:30 to 
1:30 pm. 



_GLAD (Gay /Lesbian Action for Disarm- 
ament) Meeting. 7:30 pm. Info: 923-GAYS. 





Matrimonium: Lawrence King Phillips stars as a troubled gay man in Donald Martin 's new ' 'theatrical event" at the Blue Angel, April 7-30 



your chance, cowboys.... Bring riding type 
boots, warm gear, and lunch to York Mills 
Subway (south entrance) at 1 1 am. 927-0970. 



SUN/APR 17 



DOut & Out's First Spring Bike Outing. 

"Wherever our wheels take us...." Meet at 
519 Church St at 10 am SHARP. Bring lunch 
and raingear. 927-0970. 
DOut & Out Hikes the Bruce IVail. Why the 
Bruce Trail? Come along and find out. Spec- 
tacular views from Dundas Peak, past the 
200 foot Webster Falls, and down Spencer's 
Gorge. Bring lunch and raingear. Book by 
April 15. 927-0970. 

Disraeli Brunch. Organized by Chutzpah. 
1 pm at Joel's place. Info: 782-3942. 



WED/APR 20 



n"Ecology in Succession." Lecture pre- 
sented by the Out & Out Club, a must for 
those wanting to know more about ihe nat- 
ural environment. A noted environmentalist 
examines the necessity for change in nature. 
7:30 pm. $3 ($5 non-members). 927-0970. 
nwOODS (Women Outdoors) Cycling 
Workshop. Safety, city commuting, etc. Call 
463-0924 by April 13th. 
[ JSpearhead Bar Nighl at The Outpost. 
Sponsored by the leather club. 319 Jarvis St. 



THURS/APR21 



DGLAD (Gay/Lesbian Action for Disarma- 
ment) Meeting. To discuss April 23rd demo. 
7:30 pm. Location: 923-GAYS. 
D"Sex, Kids and Gay People: The Political 
Uses of Child Abuse." Chris Bearchell of 
The Body Politic speaks to the Lesbian and 
Gay Academic Society. Rhodes Room, Trin- 
ity College (Hoskin Ave), U of T. 8 pm. 



FRI/APR 22 



DHomo Hop. Another sure crowd-pleaser 
presented by Gays and Lesbians at U of T. 
Licensed. The Buttery, 9-1 pm. $4.50 (stu- 
dents $3.50) 



SAT/APR 23 

DCniise Mi.ssile Protests. Demonstrations 
will take place across Canada today to pro- 
test the testing of Cruise missiles in Canada. 
Join the GI.AD (Gay /Lesbian Action for Dis- 
armament) contingent by calling 921-1938 or 
923-GAYS. GI.AD also invites you to join 
them in a pre-march potluck brunch. 

SUN/APR 24 

DOut & Out Hikes Through Devil's (;ien. 

Bring lunch, raingear and waterproof boots. 
Book by April 22. 927-0970. 



D Fruit Cocktail. See p 22. Also Apr 25. 

TUES/APR26 

DOut & Out Potluck Dinner. 927-0970. 

WED/APR 27 

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/APR28 

DOul & Out Film Night. Path of Ihe Pad- 
dle, on canoeing. $2. 7:30 pm. 927-0970. 

FRI/APR 29 

DGay Fathers of Toronto Potluck Supper. 

6:30 pm. Info: 368-1 166 or 967-4203. 



SAT/APR 30 



I lOul & Out Wildflower Walk. A botanist 
will lead this easy going hike, to catch the 
first woodland spring flowers. Bring lunch 
and raingear. Book by April 27. 927-0970. 
I I WOODS (Women Outdoors) Canoe Day. 
Instructions on canoeing, in Kelso Coiiscrsa- 
tion Area. Call 463-0924 by April 15. 
I IChulzpah House Parly. 8 pm at Steve's. 
782-3942. 



MONDAYS 



DThe Women's Group. Collectively 
run support and consciousness-raising 
group for lesbians. 519 Church St, 8 pm. 
Contact Raechel (926-0527). 
D Judy Garland Memorial Bowling 
League. 9 pm. For info, ask at Buddies, 
Dudes, Boots or the Albany. 
DOvereaters Anonymous. For gays and 
lesbians. 8 pm, 730 Bathurst St. 



TUESDAYS 



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



WEDNESDAYS 



D Metropolitan Community Church. 

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

D 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. 
DToTonto 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. 
DInteraational Women's Day Commit- 
tee. 7:30 pm. Info: 789-4541. 
D Lutherans Concerned. 8 pm in a 
member's home. Info: David or James, 
463-7354. 



THURSDAYS 



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



WEEKENDS 



FRIDAYS 

DRiverdale Volleyball League. For 

info, ask at the gay-owned bars. 

SATURDAYS 

D Dignity/Toronto. Worship followed 
by discussion. Our Lady of Lourdes 
Church, Sherbourne St, 4 pm. 960-3997. 
D Metropolitan Community Church. 
Singspiration at 7:10, worship at 7:30 
and fellowship following. 730 Bathurst 
St. Wheelchair accessible, amplified for 
the hearing-impaired. 
n Alcoholics Anonymous. High Noon 
Gay/ Lesbian Group. 12 noon, 730 
Bathurst St. Speaker. Open to all. 



PHONELINES 



I 1 Lesbian Phoneline 960-3249. 

Tues 7:30-10:30 pm. 

Lesbian &tiay Youth Toronto ...533-2*67. 
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 7-10:30 pm. 

SpousesofGays %7-0597. 

Wed and Thurs 6:30-8:30 pm. 

1 Toronto Area (;ays(TAG) 964-6600. 

Mon-Sat 7-10:30 pm. Counselling, into. 

CIRPA 960-6318. 

Citizens' Independent Review of Police 
Activities 24-hour hotline. Trouble with the 
police? Call us first! Confidentiality 
guaranteed. 



APRIL 1983 



corHinuedlromp21 

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

Accommodation 

ZCatnaps Guesthouse. 246 Sherbourne St. 
968-2323 Fifteen rooms. TV lounge, pool table 
and game room, laundry and kitchen facilities, 
sundeck One or two people: $25. 
ni8 East Hotel. 18 Eastern Ave 368-4040 Bar 
and dmmg room. 22 rooms, TV lounge, sauna. 
gym, laundry facilities. 1 or 2 people: $20. 
ZHotel California. 319 JarvisSt. 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 



-Tofonto Giy Community Council. 105 Carllon St. 4lh floor. 
MSB 1M2 UmDrella organization of lesbian and gay groups 
Forum for snaring information and discussing political strategies 

Social/political action 

ZBridgeJ. Drawer 0062. c/oTBP. Box 7289. Sin A. M5W 1X9 

Michael Riordon (922-0735) Group connecting lesbian, gay and 

third world liberation struggles 

:^Chiite|Mh. 730 Bathursl St. M5S 2R4 782-3942 Group for 

Jewish gay men and lesbians and friends 

r.CoaWion lor Gay Rights in Ontario (CGRO). Box 822. Sin A. 

M5W 1G3 533-6824 Toronto office 730 BathurstSt. M5S 2R4, 

:iCommittn to Defend John Damlen. 1508-914 Yonge St, 

M4W 3C8 925-6729 

rFoundjbon lor thg Advancement of Canadian Transsaiuals 

(FACT) - Tofonto. 519 Church St Community Centre. M4Y 2C9 

3GiY ABiance at York, c/o CYSF. 105 Central Sq. York University. 

4700KeeleSl. Downsview. 0NM3J 1P3 667-2515 

DSiy Asians ol Toronto. Drawer R999. c/o The Body Politic. Box 

7289. StnA, M5W 1X9 Monthly meeting and social Info Glad 

Day. 961-4161 

:::Gay Community Appeal ol Toronto. Box 2212. Stn P, M5S 2T2 

869-3036 Fund-raising lor gay and lesbian community projects. 

GGay Community Dance Committee (GCDC). 730 Balhurst St. 

M5S 2R4 Organizes community fund-raising dances 

JBayFjthenolTotonto. BOX187. StnF, M4Y 2L5 967-0430 or 

967-4203 

LjGay Lilnration Against the Right Everywhere (GUtRE). Box 793. 

StnO. M4T 2N7 

^GiySIG. Drawer C622. c/o The Body Politic. Box 7289. Sin A, 

M5W 1X9 Group of gay members of MENSA in Canada 

nCay SeH-Detence Group. Box 793. Stn 0. M4T 2N7 423-4803 

Organizes courses m self-defence in and outside of Toronto 

"^Gays and Lesbians at University ol Toronto, c/o SAC Office. 1 2 

Han House Circle University of Toronto. M5S 1A1 978-4911. 

GEM Gay Community Outreach. Box 62. Brampton. ON L6V 2K7 
Peel Region (Brampton-Mississauga) group for gays and lesbians 
GayiineWest 453-GGCO 

~6LA0 (Gay/Lesbian Action lor Disarmament). Box 5794. Stn A. 
M5W 1P2 921-1938 

~ Gbd Day Oelenct Fund. e48A Yonge St. M4Y 2A6 961-4161 
Legal fund for Kevin Orr, assi manager charged after April 21 
police raid on bool<store Cheques payable to Hamburg/Trollope in 
trust for Glad Day Defence Fund 

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

llLesbian and Gay Academic Society. Box 187 Sin F. M4Y 2L5 
921-5317 (Conrad) or 924-6474 (Alexandra) 
QLesbian and Gay History Group ol Toronto. Box 639. Stn A. 
M5W 1G2 961 7338 

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

niesbian Mathers Deltnce Fund. Box 38. Sin E. M6H 4E1 . 
465-6822 

:^U>bian Speakers Bureau. Box 6597. Stn A, M5W 1X4 Inio; 
Michelle at 789-4541 or Debbie at 964-7477 Speakers for myth- 
shattering seminars and workshops about lesbians 
"Lesbians Against the Right (LAR), Box 6579. Sin A. M5W 1X4 
Lesbian-feminist political action group 

:New Democratic Party Gay and Lesbian Caucus. Box 792. Sin F, 
M4Y 2N7 964-1049 

: 'New Dimensions. Social group for women, noeels approximately 
every third week Info Gayle. 683-8691 
OParents and Friends ol Lesbians and Gays Toronto. 52 Roxalme 
SI. Weston ON M9T 2V9 mfo Pauline Martin at 244-2105 
"Parents o< Gays MIssissauga. c/o Anne Rutledge. 3323 Kings 
MastingsCres Mississauga L5L 1G5 820-5130 
"Right to PnvaCY Committee (RTPC). 730 Bathursl St. M5S 2R4 
Defence committee for gays arrested under bawdyhouse laws 
Cheques or charges payable to Harriet Sachs in trust for RTPC. 
Inio 961 -8046 or 368-4392 

nRosemary's Women's Group. 519 Church St Community Centre 
Info Raechel 925-0527 Collectively run support and conscious- 
ness-raising group (or lesbians 

"Spouses el Gays c/o Caryn Miller. 260 Carlton SI. MSA 2L3 
Phoneime 9670597 Wed Thurs6 30-8 30 pm 
"Toronto Gay Patrol. Self-governing group ol lesbians and gay 
men patrolling downtown core ol city c/o 29 Grenville St. Apt 2, 
M4Y 1A1 into Peter 368-6971 or Chris, 968-6744 
rZT«onto Male Rape Support Group For men who have experi- 
enced rape Box 597 Sin 0. M4A 2P4 731-1 Pape Avenue 24 
hour line 461 -5921 . or 922-1 111. pager 7262 
"Toronto Rainbow Alliance ot the Deal Box 671 Stn F. M4Y 2N6 

Healtli/social services 

"Alter You're Out. Wee«t> g'OuDs lor gay men rneeling for 10 weeks 
10 discuss personal goals oroDtems looics of interest Organized by 



Two fine Canadian actresses, Roberta 
Maxwell and Martha Henry, recreate the 
lead roles in' a new radio production of 
Lillian Hellman's notorious 1934 melo- 
drama, The Children's Hour, to be broad- 
cast on CBC-FM s Saturday Stereo Thea- 
tre, on March 26 at 7:05 pm. It's the 
story of two young small-town school- 
teachers, whose reputations are ruined by 
a diabolical child who accuses the women 
of being lovers. Relentlessly sad, the play 
was banned in Boston and several other 
cities due to its inferences of lesbianism. 
Despite the play's handwringing despair 
and corny plotline (gunshots ring out a la 
Hedda Gabler) it has been revived several 
times — on Broadway in 1954 with Patri- 
cia Neal, and in William Wyler's 1961 film 
version with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley 
MacLaine. An earlier Wyler film based on 
Hellman 's play featured Merle Oberon 
and Miriam Hopkins, but because it was 
1936, the idea of a lesbian scandal was 
thought to be too hair-raising — in that 
version, called These Three, the lie which 
ruins several lives concerns a woman 
stealing her girlfriend's boyfriend. O 




TAG Info: 964-6600. 

□A 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, friends, fears and coming out problems. Drawer C614, 
c/o IBP, Box 7289. Stn A. M5W 1X9 
DAteoholics Anonymous. Lesbian/gay fellowships 964-3962 
DGaycare Toronto. Phoneline 368-8696 from 7-11 pm seven days a 
week Free face-lo-face drop-in counselling service in the downtown 
area. Drop-in Thurs 7-10 pm. 519 Church St Community Centre. 
Group sessions 

DGay Counselling Centre ot Toronto. 105 Carlton St. 4lh floor, 
M5B 11^2 977-2153 Tues, Wed, Thurs, 6:30-9:30 pm Professional 
counselling for lesbians and gay men Call for appt or drop in. 
DGay Men's Discussion Groups. Sponsored by U ot T Sex Ed Centre. 
978-3977 

DHassle-Freo Clinic - Men. 556 Church St. 2nd floor. M4Y 2E3 
922-0603 VD info, testing and treatment. Hours: Mon, Wed, 4-9 
pm; Tues, Thurs, 10 am-3 pm, Fri. 4-7 pm; Sat, 11 am-4 pm VD 
testing at baths: Roman's, Fri from 9 pm; The Backdoor, every sec- 
ond Tues from 9 pm. The Club, every second Wed from 9 pm 



CLesbian Phoneline, Box 70, Stn F, M4Y 2L4 960-3249 Tues 

7:30-10 30 pm Recorded message other times. Speakers available. 

nSex Ed Centre, c/o U of T Office of Admissions. 315 Bloor St W, 

Room 107, MiS 1A3 Devonshire and Bloor Sis, behind Admissions 

BIdg. 978-3977, Sex counselling for U of Tcampus. Gay counsellors 

every Tues. 10am-9pm, 

DToronlo Area Gays. Box 6706 StnA, M5W 1X5, 964-6600 Free 

peer counselling and info for lesbians and gay men, t^Jon-Sat: 7 

pm-10:30pm, 

Ditl-Ald Charitable Foundation, 8 Imin Ave, M4Y 1K9, Gay youth 

counselling and street work. 



Professional 



□Association ol Gay Social Workers. Box 182, Stn 0. M4A 2N3 
Social work students welcome. 

DGays in Health Care. Box 7806. Stn A. M5W 1X7. 920-1882, In- 
cludes nurses, physicians, medical students and psychologists, 
□Toronto Lambda Business Council. Box 513, Adelaide St Stn, 
M5C 2J6, 



The Sacred Triangle is a new group for gay occultists and spritualists, which will meet once 
every week or two (depending on the interest) in the Gerrard/Greenwood area. Areas of dis- 
cussions will include astrology, tarot, palmistry, magick, witchcraft, and faery (not satanism). 
If interested, call 463-9688, Mon-Thurs, 4-6 pm. (Illustration: "Alexander the Great Before 
the God Nim at Karnak, by Oscar Rewtersward.) 



26rrHE BODY POLITIC 




Religious 



r IChutzpah, See Social/political action listings, 
□Dignity/Toronto. Box 249, Stn E, M6H 4E2 960-3997 Group lor 
gay and lesbian Catholics and friends. 
nintegrlty/Toronto, Box 873, Stn F, M4Y 2N9 Pastoral ministry 
lor gay and lesbian Anglicans and friends. 487-7406 Chaplains 
available for pastoral counselling through this number 
LlLulherans Concerned, c/o Edward Schlauch, 980 Broadview 
Ave, Apt 2309, M4K 3yi 463-7354 (David or James) Support 
and fellowship for gay and lesbian Lutherans and their friends. 
□ Metropolitan Community Church, 730 Bathursl St, M5S 2R4 
532-2333 Chrishan church with special ministry to gay commun- 
ity 

□The Sisters ol Perpetual Indulgence, Drawer OPI , c/o TBP Box 
7289, StnA, M5W 1X9 

□Spirit, 730 Bathursl St, M5S 2R4. 743-8948 or 482-1817, Sup- 
port group for gay and lesbian Salvationists and friends 
OToronio Organization ol United Church Homosexuals. Box 626, 
StnQ, mt ILO. 



Sports 



□Cabbagetown Group Softball League , Box 42, SInL. M6E4y4 

863-0438 

□Front Runners Toronto, ^x 8, Adelaide St Stn, M5C 2H8, Gay 

men and women's running club 

□Gay Amateur Sport Association, 407-100 Gloucester St. 

M4Y 1IVI1 921-2647 Team sports 

□Judy Garland Memorial Bowling League. Info: bulletin boards in 

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

□Out and Out Club, Box 331 , Stn F, M4Y 2L7, 927-0970, Outdoor 

activities for gay people Include phone number, 

□RIverdale Volleyball League, Sept-April season. Info at Dudes, 

Buddy's and Albany Tavern. 

□WOODS (Women Outdoors). Sharing of outdoor skills, outings 

Info: 530-4007 

Publications/information 

□ActlonI Irregular publication of Right lo Privacy Committee, 730 
BathurstSt. M5S 2R4. 924-4523. 
□The Body Politic. Box 7289, StnA, M5W 1X9 977-6320 
□Canadian Gay Archives, Box 639, StnA, M5W 1G2 977-6320 
□Circuit. 1-134 Carlton St, M5A 2K1. 922-0878 (editorial) or 
964-1957 (business), "Toronto's magazine of eros and entertain- 
ment, ' ' Free distribution or by subscription, 
□Gay Community Calendar. Call 923-GAYS Box 8. Adelaide St 
Stn, M5C 2H8, 24 hour recorded message of weekly events. To gel 
info listed call 656-0372 between 7- 1 pm Mondays 
□Gayllne West, 453-GGCO, Community info for Mississauga and 
parts west of Metro. 

□Glad Day Bookshop, 648A Yonge St. 2nd floor, M5Y 2A6 
961-4161. Mon 10-8; Tue-V*d 10-6; Thurs-Fri 10-9; Sat 10-6, 
□Grapevine, Box 38, Stn E, M6H 4E1 . Lesbian Mothers' Defence 
Fund newsletter 2-3 issues/year, 
□Integrity/Toronto Newsletter, Box 873, Sin F, M4Y 2N9 
□Lesbian Archives, Box 928, Stn Q, M4T 2P1 , 
□Lesblan/Lesblenne, National newsletter, 367-0589 (Kerry), 

Women's resources 

The following is a select list ol women's services in Toronto ol par- 
ticular interest to lesbians. 

□Broadside. §ox494, Stn P, M5S 2T1. 598-3513. Monthly fem- 
inist newspaper Substantial contributions by lesbians 
□Constance Hamilton Housing Co-op, For women only 523 Melita 
Cres, M6G 3X9, 532-8860, 

□Firewood, Box 279. Stn B, M5T 2W2, 977-8681 Feminist quar- 
terly of politics and the arts. 

□Hassle-Free Clinic — Women. 556 Church St, second floor, 
M4Y 2E3. 922-0566 Free medical clinic Birth control and gyne- 
cological info, VD and pregnancy testing, abortion counselling and 
referrals. Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10 am-3 pm; Tues, Thur, 4 pm- 
9 pm Call ahead, 

I llnternational Women's Day Committee, Box 70, StnF, M4Y 2L4 
789-4541 Independent socialist feminist organization 
L]Jessie's Centre lor Teenage Women, 154 BathurstSt, M5V 2R3 
365-1888 Multi-service agency. Lesbian-positive, 
[JMacphail House, 389 Church St, MSB 2A1, 977-1037, Long- 
term YWCA residence for women 16-25 Shared co-op apartments 
□Nellie's Hostel lor Women, 275A Broadview Ave, M4M 2G8 
461 - 1 084 Temporary hostel lor women 1 6 and over, including 
mothers with children 

□Rape Crisis Centre, Box 6597. StnA. M5W 1X4, Crisis line: 
964-8080 Business line: 964-7477, Info, self-defence courses 
□Sound Women, c/o Ryerson Women's Centre, SURPI, 380 Vic- 
toria St, MSB 1W7 Ryerson women's radio show collective Les- 
bian and teminisl music, interviews and announcements Sundays 
al noon, CKLN (102.9) FM (via Rogers cable). To place announce- 
ments, call 598-9838 

□Stop 86, 86 Madison Ave, MSR 2S4, 922-3271. Crisis housing 
and social service centre lor women under 25. 
r ITImes Change Women's Employment Centre. 22 Davisville Ave. 
M4S 1 E8. 487-2807 9-5 Mon-Thurs, 9-2 Fri, Employment coun- 
selling, job search and career planning workshops 
□Toronto Addicted Women's Sell-Help Network, Suite 202, Box 
2213, Stn P, M5S 2T2 Phoneline. 961-7319 Self-help group for 
women addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Weekly meetings 
□Toronto Area Caucus ol Women and the Law. Box 231 . Sin B, 
M5T 2T2. 

□Toronto Women's Bookstore 85 Harbord St, M5S 1G4 
922-8744 Hours Mon-Sat, 10 30 am-6 pm, 
[ lU ol T Women's Newsmagazine, For feminists on and off cam- 
pus, 44 SI George St, 2nd fir, M5S 2E4 Info: Brenda 534-4021 . 
I IWomen Against Violence Against Women. Box 1 74 , Stn D , 
M6P 3J8 Committed to action from a feminist perspective against 
various aspects of violence against women 
□Women In Trades, c/o Times Change, 22 Davisville St, 
M4S 1E8 534-1161 

I IWomen's Counselling. Referral and Education Centre, 348 Col 
legeSI, M5T 1S4 924-0766 Therapy, counselling, info 
[IWomen's Cultural Building Hotline, 534-1682 Phoneline for 
women's events 

□Women's Media Alliance, c/o 940 Queen St E, M4M 1J7 Phyllis 
Waugh, 466-8840 

□Women's Resource Centre. OISE, 252 Bloor St W, MSS 1V6 
923-6641 , Ext 244 Books, periodicals, audio & video tapes 
nWomynlyWayProductions, 427 Bloor St W, MSS 1X7 
925-6568 Company bringing concerts, dance and theatrical per- 
formances to city 



APRIL 1983 





I spotted a born-again 

tract in a bus stop 

shelter the other day. 

You've seen the sHmy little pamphlets, put 

out by Chick Publications. This particular 

gem features Suzi, the erstwhile virgin, 

who fucks Craig on page six (actually. 



somewhere between pages five and six, 
by implication only) and contracts 
herpes on page seven. By page eleven 
she's in the office of a stern male doc- 
tor — born again and of course old 
enough to be her father — who ex- 
plains her condition and then launches 
into a sermon on how queers are res- 
ponsible for the original infection of 
the human race. 

And so on. 

I spend a fair bit of time thinking 
about that rabid, cartooned view of life 
and moral choice, angry over what it 
does to people, afraid about what it 
would like to do to all of us who don't 
fit — especially to faggots like myself. 
Religion can be used as a painkiller, as 
a way to avoid the complexities of life; 
that may be a little pathetic, but the 
drugs other people take are none of my 
business. Problem is, I'm one of the 
complexities the Moral Majority would 
Hke to get rid of. 

My anger could be more objective if 
I myself were not a Christian — and, as 



a Lutheran, of a reasonably traditional 
stripe at that. I put stock in the meta- 
physical truth of orthodoxy, and am 
inclined to see the Church, its sacra- 
ments and its ritual as essential to my 
wholeness as a person. The Metropoli- 
tan Community Church, the indepen- 
dent church primarily made up of les- 
bians and gay men, might offer me a 
Christian community in which I could 
avoid the homophobia so rampant in 
many denominations, but, as it is, I 
have chosen to stay on in one of the 
mainline churches. I'm satisfied by 
Lutheran theology and attached to 
Lutheran hymns by long usage. I pre- 
fer sticking it out in my particular 
branch of the Christian tradition. 
• 
If Jesus has taken the complexity out 
of life for Jerry Falwell and company, 
he has not taken it out of mine. An 
openly gay churchgoer is an anomaly 
to most people. Some of the folks I 
worship with at St Ansgar's Church, 
I'm sure, think I'm a dangerous degen- 



by David Townsend 




APRIL 1983 



THE BODY POLITIC/27 



AT ITS BEST, 
THECHURCil 
PREACHES A 
PROFOUND REGARD FOR 
HUMAN WORTH AND 
INSISTS THAT ONE'S 
INNER LIFE IS 
OF A PIECE WITH 
THE WAY ONE 
DEALS WITH 
OTHERS.BOTH 
PERSONilLLY 
AND POLITICALLY. 



Courage and exasperation: 

Sue Mabey. refused ordination 
by the United Church 

erate. Some of the folks I work with at 
The Body Politic, 1 imagine, think I'm 
enormously foolish and naive. I often 
feel considerable distress at living in the 
grey area between the Church and the 
gay liberation movement. 

Mainstream Christianity is doing 
abominably with gay rights in our day. 
Historically, it has done a pretty poor 
job with a lot of social issues, but I am 
not prepared to condemn it altogether. I 
went into a "Christian" bookstore 
recently, and next to Dietrich 
Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship 
was Pat Boone's Pray to Win. Pat 
Boone prays for the preservation of the 
American Way, and has been said to 
baptize people in his California swim- 
ming pool. Bonhoeffer was executed in 
Berlin toward the end of World War II 
for his role in the underground Confess- 
ing Church's resistance to Hitler. He be- 
came involved in that movement because 
of his sense of moral accountability as a 
Christian, and as trashy as I find the no- 
tion of Pat Boone praying to win, I re- 
fuse to trash Bonhoeffer's vision of 
social responsibility along with it. As 
long as the Church can pray that "God, 
our Grace, will support the weak, heal 
the sick, nourish the hungry, cradle the 
dying, and embrace even such as us," I 
refuse to concede to the Pat Boones of 
the world that they, and not people like 
Bonhoeffer, are the exponents of 
authentic Christianity. 

I share the tension that comes from 
living this ambiguity with people like 




Paul Murphy, Bob, and Sue Mabey. 

I think Paul does better with the 
ambiguity of his church involvement 
than I do. He gives me the impression of 
being more secure in his equilibrium, of 
coping better with his run-ins with 
churchly opposition, and of remaining 
less bitter. Perhaps it's partly that he has 
a considerable theological training 
behind him, a ten-year stint as a Jesuit. 
Or perhaps it's that he's had more prac- 
tice at deaUng with the powers that be. 

Paul was president of the Toronto 
chapter of Dignity, the gay Roman 
Catholic organization, during a period 
of considerable difficulty for the group. 
During the renovation several years back 
of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, where 
Dignity usually meets, the group was 
moved to St Paul's. The congregation of 
St Paul's was not at all amused, how- 
ever, and in spite of their pastor's posi- 
tion appealed to the Archbishop, with 
the end result that the group found itself 
out on the street, it was taken in by 
Bloor Street United Church, where it 
stayed until the work at Lourdes was 
completed. 

I think I myself would have burst 
blood vessels, said something obscene 
and caustic to his Eminence the Arch- 
bishop, and parted company with the 



Church for good. Paul, on the other 
hand, spoke in positive terms of the 
transaction. 

"It was a good experience," he says. 
"For one thing, it forced Dignity to look 
more to its own lay leaders. We were 
thrown back on our own internal re- 
sources and had to take charge of our 
share of the group's ministry, whether 
we wanted to or not." 

The notion of a gay religious group 
learning to depend less on the clergy 
strikes a sympathetic chord in me. Paul 
speaks very warmly of the work of Dig- 
nity's chaplain; but though I've met 
ministers with a great deal of humanity, 
integrity and thoughtfulness, and several 
of my personal friends are priests or pas- 
tors, those relationships are exceptions 
to my general mistrust of the profession- 
ally religious. When I was seventeen, for 
example, my parish pastor assured me 
that he could cure me of my homosex- 
uality if that was what I really wanted; 
eight months later, he was jerking me 
off in the front seat of his car. Sex was 
the best thing he ever did for me, but his 
duplicity robbed me of a lot of the ex- 
perience's benefits. It's been my con- 
tinued experience that a sizeable number 
of the clergy can function only by separ- 
ating their public roles from the reality 



DOCTOR, WHERE DID GONORRHEA AND 
SYPHILIS AND HERPES II COME 
FROM? HOW DID IT 
ORIGINATE? ^ 



nR 




GOD'S UW WAS BROKEN . . . WHEN MEN 
KNEW WHAT GOD EXPECTED OF THEM, THEY 
REBELLED AND WANTED TO DO THEIR OWN 
THING. SPIRITUAL LAW WAS SHAHERED. 
THEN THE NATURAL LAW FELL APART. MEN 
NO LONGER WANTED TO MAKE LOVE TO 
WOMEN, SO THEY STARTED MAKING LOVE 
TO OTHER MEN*. . 



J 



•ROMANS 1:24-27 



r 



AND WOMEN STARTED MAKING LOVE TO OTHER 
WOMEN. THEY TURNED INTO HOMOSEXUALS* 
AND LESBIANS**: THEN IT GOT WORSE 

THAN THAT. 




A 



A. 



MEN AND WOMEN EVEN BEGAN MAKING 
LOVE TO ANIMALS AND STILL ARE . . . 
THIS IS ANOTHER WAY VD. CAN SPREAD. 



HOMOSEXUAL': A MALM WHO HAS SEX WITH MEN OR BOYS. 
LESBIAN": A FEMALE WHO HAS SEX WITH WOMEN OH GIRLS. 



of their private lives. Others, insulated 
from a world whose questions don't fit 
the answers they're too ready to provide, 
have little to say that I care to listen to. 

Bob is one of the people who don't 
have much choice but to remain in the 
closet (Bob is not his real name) if they 
want to go on functioning in church 
roles. He is a Lutheran pastor in a city 
near Toronto. I don't think the Bob of 
two years ago and I would have much 
liked each other; but then Bob himself 
seems to have doubts about the Bob of 
two years ago. 

"Back then," he tells me, "the thing I 
most wanted in the world was to be 
'cured,' get married and conform to the 
social pattern that's practically obliga- 
tory for a Lutheran pastor. Now — now 
I think I'd like to take some hirsute 
young man to a pastors' conference and 
introduce him to everyone." 

Bob is full of struggle and reassess- 
ment. "Being gay is a problem in the 
Church's eyes, but I don't know any 
more that it's a problem in mine. I ques- 
tion the Church now — I never used to, I 
always just accepted everything. I still 
feel guilt, but now there's an anger 
there, too. And when you begin to ques- 
tion, it's eventually not just about your 
own status as a gay person; you see a lot 
of things in a different light, the 
women's issue, for example. And just 
what /5 a Christian lifestyle? Where has 
the ideal of the nuclear family come 
from? How much has the Church just 
bought into society's structure?" 

Bob and I have very different notions 
about a lot of issues, both religious and 
directly political; but the same desire to 
bring our sexuality and our religious 
convictions together puts us on the com- 
mon ground where we've become 
friends. I can honour Bob's love of his 
work and his belief that it's something to 
which he's been called; and I would in 
fact prefer that people with some meas- 
ure of internal honesty stick it out in the 
Church's ministry rather than leave the 
pulpit and confessional to the bigots and 
inquisitors. If everyone like Bob bails 
out, there's not much hope (and for 
people in his situation, coming out 
amounts to being booted out). I would 
rather have Bob counselling a gay 
seventeen-year-old than leave him to 
Bob's replacement. 

That helps me to balance what I feel 



28rrHE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



FOR ALL OUR 
TALK OF UNITING 
THE PERSONAL AND 
POLITICAL THE VERY 
PEOPLE WAO ARE MOST 
CONCERNED WITH 

CREATING A HUMANE 
WORLD FOR GAYS 
OFTEN DONT SEEM 
PARTICULARLY 
GOOD AT LEADING 
THEIR OWN LIVES 
HUMANELY. 



toward closeted church officials who 
claim to be supportive but who will not 
use one iota of their influence on behalf 
of their fellow gays, and whose homo- 
sexuality goes no further than their furtive 
tricking with other sanctuary queens. 

Sue Mabey has wanted to be ordained 
by the United Church of Canada for sev- 
eral years, but the interviewing process 
stopped with her coming out. Maintain- 
ing a lesbian (and feminist) visibility in 
the Church has been an exercise in cour- 
age and exasperation. 

"The thing that angers me most," Sue 
says, "is going for the interviews and 
realizing how blind the people I'm talk- 
ing to are to the invisible gays who've 
had long and respected careers in the 
Church. And it's very often a deliberate 
blindness, as though they were saying, 
'If only you'd lie to us and not tell us at 
all, we'd ordain you.' 

"More than with anyone else, I find it 
difficult not to be angry with the gay and 
lesbian professionals, the closet cases 
who vote against me on all sorts of ex- 
cuses — claiming there's no money for 
my salary, for instance — when in fact 
they're terrified I'll raise an issue they 
want kept quiet at all costs. I'm appalled 
by their lack of awareness of how impor- 
tant personal honesty is. They simply 
can't see what's wrong with having a 
wife, three children and a career and 
keeping their lovers off to the side and 
out of sight. For them it's just a matter 
of having the best of both worlds. 

"That leaves us to be supported by the 
liberal straights alone, who can, or will, 
only do so much." 

Sue's satisfaction has been at the grass 
roots level of congregational work. If 
the hierarchy have been up in arms over 
her, she's at least managed to shake up 
stereotypes and raise the issue; but it's 
the people of her own congregation that 
she speaks of as open and supportive of 
her quest for ordination. 

What I share with Paul, Bob and Sue 
is a sense that the Church, also, has had 
a great deal lo do with growing into the 
persons we are. It's given us what it's 
been able to give and failed us in what it 
couldn't. Its popular lore — the intru- 
sion of society's values into its authentic 
message — has passed on to us a sense of 
guilt over our sexuality; the more 
thoughtful and balanced side of its col- 
lective wisdom — the occasional break- 
through of the message the Church is 
meant to proclaim — has helped us to 
extricate ourselves from the guilt. 
Reading Luther's The Freedom of the 
Christian, in fact, was the beginning of 
my coming oul. It was my theological 
education that gave me a way to under- 
stand my gayness and finally convinced 
mc that being gay was a good thing, a 
gift. For myself and several of my Chris- 
tian friends, the Church has provided 
the focus, if not always the means, of 



self-acceptance. The Gospel, when right- 
ly proclaimed and heard, is essentially a 
message of freedom and acceptance. 

Through everything, there is the per- 
ception that to abandon the Church 
would be to abandon our selves, as 
abandoning those who reared us would 
be giving the lie to our existence. 

• 
All that, however, does not settle the 
matter: we have not simply been depos- 
ited against our wills in the Church. If 
we found nothing there good enough to 
warrant our staying, we'd move on, as 
so many gays and lesbians have in fact 
done — and as we ourselves may some- 
day do if we hear one too many sexist 
sermons or encounter one more homo- 
phobic minister than we can tolerate. 

The Church is not merely an institu- 
tion which has helped make us who we 
are and to which we blindly cling be- 
cause of an overwhelming sense of filial 
devotion; it has a continuing role in our 
self-definition. We choose the Church 
because we find that, despite its appal- 
ling failings, it has a valid way of raising 
basic human issues. As Sue put it, "The 
Church, when it's doing its job — which 
is seldom — can be the voice of con- 
science in society because it has the grace 
and freedom to ask potentially danger- 
ous questions. It has the power to unite 
the social, emotional and spiritual 
aspects of our lives." At its best, the 



Church preaches a profound regard for 
human worth and insists that one's inner 
life is of a piece with the way one deals 
with others, both personally and politic- 
ally. The Church has helped us find the 
freedom to challenge very basic struc- 
tures, because our lives and dignity do 
not depend on them. We can recognize 
as false idols the inauthentic values that 
destroy people's God-given integrity — 
worship of the nuclear family, attach- 
ment to the false security of the nuclear 
arms build-up, forced conformity to the 
heterosexual mold. 

But if the Church leads us to name the 
idols in society, it also leads us to name 
the idols within. If religious conviction 
has led us to believe that life is more 
complex, and moral decision more diffi- 
cult than the "Christian" right would 
believe, it also leads us to consider 
whether issues are not more complex 
than we tend to believe from the per- 
spective of the gay movement. The 
Church calls us into question. 

The personal is political: coming out 
is a revolutionary act. It's a main princi- 
ple of the gay liberation movement; and 
yet, for all our talk of uniting our per- 
sonal lives and our activity in society, I 
find that often the very people who are 
most concerned with creating a world 
where gay people can lead a humane life 
aren't particularly good at leading their 
own lives humanely. We're at times so 



Dealing with tlie powers that be: Paul Murphy with a statue of St Francis, at St Paul's Church 



APRIL 1983 




preoccupied with our efforts to remake 
society, and so convinced that the prob- 
lem is with the system, that we fail to 
consider that the problem is also with 
ourselves, that we as well need constant 
reassessment and remaking. 

Owen Robertson, an old friend who is 
now a seminarian in Chicago, recently 
told me, "I spent twenty years coming to 
terms with my sexuality, struggling to be 
able to affirm my own unique character 
— a task the Church has both helped 
and hindered — only to find myself 
within a gay community which, at its 
most self-obsessed and dogmatic, pre- 
scribes the politically correct expression 
of my sexuality and condemns other 
preferences as unenlightened." 

In many of the people I know outside 
the Church, I find no awareness of the 
failures of our own vision, the shoddy 
patches in our own values. I miss the rec- 
ognition that it is not only someone else 
who bears the blame, but oneself. I wish 
I saw more calling into question of our 
own habits and the institutions of our 
ghetto. For most of us, for example, the 
bars have been an important tool in our 
socialization as gays. In them, we've 
found sex, friends and lovers, and the 
satisfaction of being with our own. We 
have very little ill to say of the bars; and 
yet while they've helped some people to 
grow, they've destroyed others. They've 
encouraged the alcoholism of some; 
they've exacerbated the loneliness and 
alienation of those for whom they don't 
work. Outside the Church I miss the 
admission of our partial responsibility 
for our own oppression, of our failure to 
create more adequately supportive insti- 
tutions, or to affirm people's right to 
alternate lifestyles within the gay com- 
munity. The Church's call to self-exam- 
ination is a brake on the absolute claims 
of the gay movement's ideology. At 
times that brake is needed. 

But aside from any question of belief 
or unbelief, non-religious lesbians and 
gay men should remember that rap- 
prochement with the Church is polit- 
ically expedient. If one accepts historian 
John Boswell's thesis, pronounced 
homophobia in the Church is not inher- 
ent in the Christian tradition, but first 
entered it as a result of social pressures 
from the outside in the thirteenth cen- 
tury. Today, the Church is also under 
pressure, from a New Right that uses 
religion as window-dressing. The extent 
to which it does not give in to such infiu- 
ence is in part dependent on the gay 
movement's maintenance of some on- 
going contact and dialogue. That, in 
turn, is possible in large part because 
there are gays ;'nd lesbians within the 
Church who steadfastly refuse to leave 
it, be booted out, or be closeted within 
it. Their churchly involvement, in this 
sense, ought not to be merely a matter of 
curiosity to the non-religious. 

During his Clinical Pastoral Educa- 
tion course at Chicago's Lutheran 
General Hospital, for example, Owen 
succeeded in getting Chick Publications 
leafiets — Suzi the herpes victim and her 
friends — banned from the hospital, on 
the grounds that they were sexist, racist, 
homophobic, and guilt-producing. 1 
value what he — and Paul and Bob and 
Sue — arc doing. It is in large part be- 
cause of their presence and the support 
of their exaniples that 1 am also staying 
on, at least for the time being. tJ 

David Townsi'fid is a student of medieval 
literature, and a member oj Out & Out 
and Lutherans Concerned. 



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The opinions expressed in this column are 
those of I he author and in no way reflect the 
views of the Correctional Service of Canada. 

My article about pen pals (TBP, October 
'82) resulted in some interesting mail. In 
a few cases I got letters from guys who 
wanted to have a Gay inmate pen pal. 
That was easy to arrange. But, in other 
cases, letters I received only got me 
angry and discouraged. 

An example of that second kind of let- 
ter came from a chap (I'll call him Fred) 
who wrote about the pen pal he already 
has — or, at least, had. 

Frfed is in his sbcties and had been 
writing a nice young number in a prison 
in the States. Fred seems to be a very 
sensitive gentleman, sounds a bit lonely 
and definitely eager to be wanted and 
cared about. He'd been writing this par- 
ticular inmate (let's call him Randy) for 
some time, but a while ago Randy 
stopped replying. After reading my col- 
umn, Fred wrote and asked if I would 
contact Randy and find out why. 

Technically, I can't do that. One 
inmate is not allowed to write another 
inmate in another joint without consent 
of the wardens. Usually consent is 
reserved for people in the same family, 
although some exceptions have been 
made. I approached the administration 
here and explained the situation. They 
let me send one letter to Randy. After I 
sent it, I wrote Fred. 

All I wrote to Randy was a request 
that he either write Fred and call the 
relationship off, or start writing him 
regularly again. 

As I started to write Fred, my Irish 
blood started to boil. I know neither 
Fred nor Randy, so I can't make any 
firm accusations. I can only surmise. 

I surmise that Randy played Fred for a 
fool — and that, my friends, burns my 
ass. So, I decided to share with all of you 
what I wrote Fred — it applies to each 
and every one of you who has a Gay 
inmate pen pal. 

First, for God's sake, will you please 
bear in mind that we are inmates. We're 
in prison for one reason or another, and 
it sure isn't for singing too loud in the 
church choir. As inmates, we have an 
established subculture and an inmate 
code that basically says, "Get what you 
can." Being Gay does not always 
exempt us from that code. 

Sure, a lot of Gay inmates wouldn't 
play our pen pals for patsie^, but it's so 
easy to do, and hell, when you set your- 
selves up for it, we'd be fools not to try 
to get something. Anything. 

Fred, being the sincere, sympathetic 
and caring guy that he is, sent Randy 
Christmas parcels, a gold chain and God 
only knows what else. Stuff like that is 
convertible in here — to drugs, sex, 
money or other contraband. 

Don't send gifts, especially if your pen 
pal asks for them. Your gifts could have 
an alternate purpose, or the pen pal 
could be in a position where other 
inmates are using pres.sure on him to get 
things sent in. 

If you really want to do something for 
him, pay for a subscription to a Gay 
magazine, try to find him a job, help 
him with educational courses, if that's 
what he wants (but pay the school or 



university directly). There are three Gay 
newspapers that I know of that send free 
subscriptions to Gay inmates — The 
Body Politic, Gay Community News 
(167 Tremont St, Boston, MA 021 11 
USA), and /?fD(Rte 1, Box 127E, 
Bakersville, NC 28705 USA). RFDe\en 
has a special section called "Brothers 
Behind Bars." Write any, or better yet, 
all three of them, giving your pen pal's 
name and address. I'm sure they'll start 
sending him copies of the publication. 
At least that way, your pen pal will start 
to be a part of the outside Gay commun- 
ity. (Just a word of caution: make sure 
your pen pal wants to get Gay periodi- 
cals. Some guys don't want the joint to 
know they're Gay. So check first.) 
If your penpal is really destitute — and 
that can happen in some of the Ameri- 
can states where they don't pay inmates, 
or pay them very little — and you want 
to make sure that he isn't in a position 
where he has to sell his ass for a pack of 
smokes, then, sure, send money. But 
wait until you've known the guy for a fair 
length of time and can figure out what 
he needs to get by on. Don't send him a 
hundred bucks at once — send him five 
a week. 

Finally, you can help your pen pal by 
sending letters of support to his warden, 
or to the parole board if he's going up 
for parole. These letters will mean a lot, 
because these people want to know that 
the inmate has community support when 
he gets out. 

By all means, have a pen pal, but do 
not expect a lasting relationship. 

I'm not saying that it won't happen, 
because it has been known to occur, but 
please, don't build your hopes up. You 
have to be logical. You're writing to a 
guy who you have probably never met, 
may never meet, and you're falling in 
love with him. C'mon. There's a big dif- 
ference between love and lust, guys. 
What you're in love with is the fantasy 
of having this guy for your very own 
captive. 

If your pen pal professes undying love, 
remember, he's lonely. He'll grab onto 
anything in order to have some sort of 
existence to look forward to when, or if, 
he gets out. Don't resist that, but don't 
let him get carried away. You're the one 
who can control the situation, and you 
have to control it or you'll end up either 
getting hurt or having your friend hurt. 

Some of my fellow Gay inmates every- 
where are going to hate me for this col- 
umn, but a lot more are going to agree 
with me. There are a lot of Gay inmates 
who would like pen pals and can't get 
them because you or one of your bud- 
dies has been the victim of a rip-off by 
some guy in here. Those guys are screw- 
ing it up for the rest of us. 

Give your pen pals some of your time, 
give them support and understanding, 
give them your friendship — but don't 
give them gold chains, Christmas par- 
cels, watches or large amounts of cash. 

See you next month. 
Love, 
Mac 



You can write me c/o TBP, Box 7289, Stn A , 
Toronto ON M5W 1X9 



30/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



a 



Vote against the Demon 
Rum" was the election cry 
of temperance advocates in 
the nineteenth and early 
twentieth centuries. Prohibi- 
tionists viewed alcohol as the social 
problem, the root cause of poverty, 
criminal activity and the degradation of 
women and children. Men, their brutal 
passions unleashed by drink, were a 
danger to their wives, daughters and 
women on the street. 

It's not surprising that many temper- 
ance advocates were women. Temperance 
organizations were one of the only 
socially acceptable forms of political ac- 
tivity for women at the time, and the 
movement wholeheartedly supported 
women's fight for the vote — not out of 
any overwhelming sense of social justice, 
but because a female vote was assumed 
to be a "dry" one. And prohibition of 
alcohol seemed to provide an answer to 
the very real violence women faced. 
Denied the taverns and saloons, men 
would become civilized husbands and 
sons. 

So women joined forces with moraliz- 
ing religious leaders. Social Darwinists 
who saw booze as "racial poison" and 
conservative politicians who saw an issue 
on which they could ride to power. Pro- 
hibition was achieved. 

Prohibition did not open up a new 
golden age for women. On the contrary, 
the conservative backlash that it was 
part of saw to it that the women's move- 
ment made no more advances. Organ- 
ized crime took over the liquor business. 
There was no noticeable decrease in 
alcoholism, certainly not in the violence 
and degradation that women still faced 
every day. 

Once again the women's movement 
faces a choice of strategies. A severe 
economic crisis is making women's up- 
ward mobility — even equal pay for 
work of equal value — a more and more 
difficult objective. Other traditional 
goals, such as women's control of their 
bodies and an end to the double stan- 
dard in sexual life, are under fierce 
attack by a resurgent right wing. In the 
USA the Equal Rights Amendment has 
been defeated after years of struggle. 
Many women are looking for new strate- 
gies to direct the movement in the '80s. 
Others think they have found it. 

The issue is pornography. 

Women have become increasingly 
aware of the violence and harassment 
they must face. All around they see 
images of women as the sexual play- 
things of men, bodies to be used or 
abused, objects of power. It is not dif- 
ficult to understand why, to many, these 
images seem just as much a cause of vio- 
lence against women as alcohol did to 
early feminists. Porn is portrayed as a 
cancer that is spreading through our com- 
munities, inciting men to rape, murder 
and abuse women. And pornography 
works as an issue. It generates headlines. 
The press traditionally ignores thou- 
sands of marchers on International 
Women's Day. But 400 women protest- 
ing Playboy programming on pay TV at 
Toronto city hall January 16 warranted a 
front page picture and lead news story in 
the Globe and Mail. To many, the fact 
that the anti-porn issue seems to work is 



Tim McCaskell finds sobering lessons in ttie battle against booze 

Pornography and Prohibition 



evidence enough that they are on to 
something real, something that touches 
strong feelings in their constituency. 

Clearly, the anti-pornography move- 
ment is going somewhere. The question 
is: Where? 

Like temperance, pornography is an 
issue which in no way conflicts with tra- 
ditional morality. Puritan ideology is 
still the bedrock of North American 
ideals. Porn has long been seen as a clear 
signpost on the sHppery road down to 
damnation. As with alcohol, a simple 
causal relationship is proposed. Porno- 

''We do not need to 
look at porn to find 
images that are 
derogatory to women 
or that reinforce 
patterns of 
subjugation. 
'Dallas' reaches more 
people with a 
reactionary message 
about women 
than any piece of 
pornography." 



graphy causes violence against women. 
To stamp out porn is to attack the roots 
of violence. 

But like the battle against alcohol, the 
anti-porn movement is a dead end. 

Like alcohol, porn allies the women's 
movement not with its traditional 
friends, but with its traditional enemies. 
The state and its most conservative poli- 
ticians and administrators — who refuse 
women equal pay and free-standing 
abortion clinics — are happy to take up 
the porn issue and to push new censor- 
ship laws. The police, who refuse to lay 
charges against wife-beaters and who are 
notorious for their sexism, are more 
than happy to toughen their enforce- 
ment of morality. The Christian funda- 
mentalist right, the Catholic Church and 
other institutions that promote the sub- 
jugation of women are also on the 
bandwagon. 

And if the anti-porn strategy serves to 
unite the women's movement with its 
enemies, what of its friends? Gay men 
have always heard their erotic material 
described as pornographic. Over the 
years this paper has reported dozens of 
raids on gay men's homes by police seek- 
ing pornography. THP has twice been 
charged with publishing immoral, inde- 
cent or obscene material. There are few 
enough images of lesbians of any kind, 
let alone truly erotic lesbian images. In 
cases such as the often cited Prairie 



Schooner decision and a recent judg- 
ment against Penthouse, judges have 
determined that lesbianism /jer 5e is 
obscene. Kevin Orr, a clerk in Toronto's 
only gay bookstore, has been found guil- 
ty of selling "obscene" material — mag- 
azines available in 49 other stores in the 
area. In a recent decision against a rela- 
tively tame gay correspondence maga- 
zine, a judge referred tg it as "deeply 
obscene" and expressed concern for the 
models because they "looked lonely." 

Stronger obscenity legislation and 
more zealous enforcement can only 
mean that representations of our erotic 
lives will come under even closer scrutiny 
by those who don't understand them — 
and who have the power to impose their 
own distorted views. 

Yet the gay movement has traditional- 
ly been allied with the women's move- 
ment on all major issues in the past 
decade. The anti-pornography forces 
threaten to end that alliance, producing 
a major rift in its place. Other tradi- 
tional allies of feminism — progressive 
artists battling against state censorship, 
civil libertarians, young people's 
movements for social change — are also 
unlikely to be attracted to pornography 
as an issue. 

The sexist press, or course, is having a 
field day. Their wildest stereotypes 
about puritanical, men-hating women 
have been inspired with new life. 

The anti-porn movement is a right- 
wing trend in the women's movement. 
That is not to say that it is only taken up 
by right-wingers. It is a reaction to a real 
concern that all conscious women must 
face. Characterizing the anti-porn 
tendency as right-wing is not a comment 
on the personal politics of the women in- 
volved, or on their motives or their self- 
perceptions. It has to do with the direc- 
tion this strategy is taking the women's 
movement and the alliances it ultimately 
promotes. 

The anti-pornography trend must be 
faced squarely. 

First of all there is no definitive 
evidence that pornography causes 
violence against women. In fact, wife- 
beating, rape and sexual harassment 
were epidemic in North America for 
years during which even the most soft- 
core pornography was largely banned. 
The disappearance of all pornography 
tomorrow would make no difference 
whatsoever in statistics of violence 
against women. 

As years of feminist analysis clearly 
show, the oppression of women goes far 
deeper than any written or pictorial 
representation. Sexism and male chau- 
vinism are built into our culture. Gender 
roles are part of a division of labour in 
which women earn half of what men do 
— or earn nothing and find themselves 
economically dependent on men, or on a 
state run by men. Women are primarily 
responsible for child-rearing — unpaid, 
time-consuming labour that reinforces 
their dependency. Given their relative 
powerlessness, women must face being 
bought and sold, patronized, sexually 
harassed and even beaten and nnirdcrcd 
by the men who have power over I hem. 

What may indeed be objectionable 
about much straight porn is that it is a 
clear and sharp reneciion of the way 



such a system affects the erotic fantasies 
of straight males. Pornography displays 
the ugUest sexism of the system. That is 
why those who wish to maintain the 
system have always demanded its 
repression. 

We do not need to look at porn to find 
images that are derogatory to women or 
that reinforce patterns of subjugation. 
The vast majority of popular TV pro- 
grammes, novels, advertisements and 
hit-parade songs carry such images. 
Dallas reaches more people with a reac- 
tionary message about women than does 
any piece of pornography. Why should 
the women's movement focus on porn? 

The answer brings us back full circle 
— because the opposition to pom dove- 
tails with the opposition to erotic 
material. And that opposition has been 
the traditional position of the state and 
those who have ruled North American 
society. In a time of conservative 
backlash it is easier to go with the stream 
than to swim against it. Those against 
pornography fail to see that the im- 
mediate gains conceal a long-term slide 
backwards. 

Many people in the anti-porn camp 
are uneasy about the implications the 
movement has for erotic material, and 
have made brave attempts to distinguish 
between pornography and "erotica." 
Pornography is referred to in terms of 
exploitation or commercialization, and 
great significance is given to the profits 
of the porn industry. "Erotica," on the 
other hand, is somehow non-exploita- 
tive. Just what such material would look 
like in a world where every human need 
is exploited is left to Utopian imagina- 
tions which, so far, have made little pro- 
gress on the question. 

There is no doubt that the production 
of pornography is a commercial enter- 
prise. But in a capitalist society, what 
enterprise is not? Arguments that por- 
nography is more exploitative because it 
produces a higher rate of profit can 
backfire on those who make them. If a 
higher rate of profit does exist there, it is 
precisely because porn is still a risky 
business. Organized crime made huge 
profits off alcohol during Prohibition 
for exactly the same reason. 

Many women will consider it imperti- 
nent that people involved in the gay 
movement — especially gay men — 
would suggest how women should deal 
with the violence that surrounds and op- 
presses them. Yet we remain silent at our 
own peril. The women's movement has 
been one of gay liberation's major sup- 
porters for the last ten years. We must 
speak out against a strategy that 
threatens to side some of our best 
friends with some of our worst enemies. 

The anti-pornography trend does not 
represent a consensus in the women's 
movciTient. The literature prepared for 
International Women's Day in Toronto 
this year scarcely mentioned por- 
nography. The issues were women's 
right to work, their right to control their 
own bodies and their right to peace. 
These arc issues that gay men, civil liber- 
tarians and progressive people oi all 
kinds can wholeheartedly support. They 
are issues that will involve difficult 
struggles, but which will, in the long 
run, make us all stronger. 



APRIL 1983 



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Nervous and distraught, at first, he is quickly and warmly 
welcomed by the Sisters who were not only gentle and kind 
and loving... they were glamorous! 





Sister Doberman witnessed 
the miraculous repair of the 
convent's aging 
Mercedes one night in 
the motor pool. 




the resurrection of the 
turkey 




the bottomless jar of 
Miracle Whip 





But on the day of his finals he was 

brutally murdered 

by a rabid pack 

of born-again 

businessmen, f- y(^ 

Pope Blondie 

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the waiting 

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him pronto. 

Saint Kennan 

Barbie, 

pray for us. 



32rrHE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



WRITING 



Speaking hard truths with their whole selves 



When the idea came to me to write about 
third world lesbian writers in the United 
States, I had an imperfect notion of the 
scope of the task, the huge amount of 
writing that has been produced in the 
last ten years. The selected bibliography 
at the back of This Bridge Called My 
Back, "By and about us," compiled by 
Cherrie Moraga, a Latina lesbian, is 
some ten pages long and lists work by 
Afro-American, Asian-Pacific-Ameri- 
can, Latina and Native American wom- 
en, with a Ust of lesbians in each cate- 
gory. Certain women turn up repeatedly 
in various publications as editors, as 
poets, as novelists, or as contributors to 
the great and passionate discussion that 
is going on, that touches every aspect of 
their lives, that thrashes out problems of 
racism, of cultural identities, of hostility 
between third world women and white 
women. They have discovered the relat- 
edness of all forms of oppression, some- 
times through recognition of themselves 
as lesbians. "It wasn't until I acknow- 
ledged and confronted my own lesbian- 
ism in the flesh," says Cherrie Moraga, 
who has made a particularly searching 
analysis, "that my heartfelt identifica- 
tion with and empathy for my mother's 
oppression — due to being poor, unedu- 
cated, and Chicana — was realized." 

But to come out as a lesbian does not 
automatically create a sense of solidarity 
with white middle-class lesbians who are 
likely to be perceived as puritan, racist 
and insensitive. "Aesthetically (& phys- 
ically) we frequently find white wimmin 
repulsive," says Doris Davenport, an 
Afro- American lesbian, who goes on 
with a devastating critique of white 
women as "limited, bigoted, juvenile, 
tasteless, poHtically naive and myopic," 
and so on. Again and again one runs 
into the fury of third world women who 
feer'tokenized" 

because they want to represent Third 
World women and lesbians 
on their feminist criticism panel 
and I'm such a convenient package. 

This is part of a long poem by Lorraine 
Bethel, another Afro- American lesbian, 
in Conditions: Five: "What Chou mean 
'We,' White Girl? or The CuUud Lesbi- 
an Feminist Declaration of Indepen- 
dence," which excoriates both white 
women with black lovers and black 
women with white lovers, and calls final- 
ly for separation: 

real Black women loving real Black 

women 
real Third World sista love between real 

Third World sistas. 

With few exceptions, all the writing I 
have read by third world lesbians is suf- 
fused by the humiliation imposed on 
them by white people, and a sense of 
common rage, leaping among them like 
tongues of fire and felt by all those who 
were not born white, or not white 
"enough." Some have suffered a new 
humiliation — that of not being accept- 
ed by any racial group, of having the 
words flung at them, "You're not 
black!" or, "You're not white!" All of 
them have known the daily pain either of 
being invisible, a non-person, or of be- 
ing too visible, an object of overt or co- 
vert racism. The fact that white feminists 
now look to third world feminists as a 
source of inspiration, that they long to 
know them and their work, is seen as a 
rip-off, a cultural theft no different 
from all the rip-offs and co-optings that 
the white race has always practised. The 




"Because you are wholly yourself": Gwyn Metz's "Girl Ice Skating," cover of Conditions: Eight 



work of the most eloquent of the Native 
American poets I have read, Paula Gunn 
Allen and Chrystos, has a kind of incan- 
descence of indignation fuelled by their 
knowledge of how white people have 
destroyed and dispersed their cultures, 
how they perpetuate this destruction, 
steal and poison native lands, murder 
native people. The irremediable crime 
has been the destruction of the sense of 
"home," both a physical and a spiritual 
place. 

My sacred beliefs have been made pencils, 

names of cities, gas stations 
My knee is wounded so badly that I limp 

constantly 
Anger is my crutch... 

This is Christos speaking in "I walk in 
the History of my People." Her poetry 



This Bridge Called My Back, edited by Cherrie 
Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua Persephone Press 
(Box 7222. V\fatertown. MA 02172 USA), 1981. 
Conditions: One. Conditions: Five (the black 
women's Issue) and Conditions: Eight (Box 56. Van 
Brunt Station. Brooklyn, NY 11215 USA) 
Coyote's daylight trip, by Paula Gunn Allen La 
Conlluencia (Box 409. Albequerque. NM 87108 
USA) 

Zami, a new spelling of my name, by Audre Lorde 
Persephone Press, 1982. 
Lesbian Poetry, edited by Elly Bulkin and Joan 
Larkin Persephone Press, 1981 

My other sources, in addition to those cited in the 
article, have been But Some of Us are Brave, 
edited by Gloria T Hull. Patricia Bell Scott and Bar- 
bara Scott. Feminist Press (Box 334. Old Westbury, 
NY 1166B USA) , and Sinister Wisdom (Box 660, 
Amherst. maoioo4USA) 



takes its power from her anger and from 
her sense of the richness of the Native 
American heritage, her ties to her 
"sacred beliefs." To me her most beauti- 
ful poem is "Ceremony for Completing 
a Poetry Reading," a poem of reconcili- 
ation, suffused with the ancient spirit of 
her people before the white man set foot 
on the North American continent, — the 
spirit of the land and sea, of ai^imals and 
birds, and of a special relation between 
people and nature. 

I give you seeds of a new way 

I give you the moon shining on a fire of 

singing women 
I give you the sound of our feet dancing 
I give you the sound of our thoughts 

flying. 

Finally, the harmonizing power of the 
ancient wisdom is stronger than anger 
and humiliation and has established a 
temporary truce. 

Paula Gunn Allen, "Laguna-Sioux- 
Lebanese-American," is one of those in 
whom the amalgam of races and cultures 
has made for a special strength and a 
special awareness of the pain of home- 
Icssness, which she sees as a universal 
crisis. "I would go home.../ if I knew 
where that might be, or how." The 
search for home, passing through her 
despair over the violence done to the 
earth, over man's violence to all the 
forms of life, is the search for a centre of 
gravity, which she finds in the life-giving 
wisdom of her grandmother: 

Out of her own body she pushed 
silver thread, light, air 



and carried it carefully on the dark, flying 

where nothing moved. 

Out of her body she extruded 

Shining wire, life, and wove the light 

on the void. 

The search for "home" is rewarded 
often in memories of a grandmother or a 
mother who was in touch with the sourc- 
es of life, the secrets of herbs and wild 
flowers, who had been born indifferent 
to men's laws and to all constraining 
convention. She was love, she was in- 
stinctive understanding, she was also a 
tough and humorous reaHsm. Some- 
times she belonged to a time before the 
writer was born, before the curse of 
racism was experienced, in a land of 
flowers, fruit, laughter and sunshine. 
She lived in a real paradise, — the 
Jamaica of Michelle Cliff's childhood 
(though Cliff sees the violence that lay 
below its beauty), or on Carriacou, the 
island where Audre Lorde's mother was 
born. "She breathed exuded hummed 
the fruit smell of Noel's Hill morning 
fresh and noon hot, and I spun visions 
of sapadilla and mango as a net over my 
Harlem tenement cot in the snoring 
darkness rank with nightmare sweat." 
"Home" can also be a state of well- 
being; it can be found in laughter, in the 
singing of ethnic songs, in love between 
women. 

Over and over, reading these writers, I 
am aware of the collective murder prac- 
tised by white people against third world 
people — not just cultural murder but 
the murder of small and great joys, of 
spontaneity and intuition and warmth. 
Old cultures incorporated the joys that 
made life livable, made relations be- 
tween human beings less rigid. In Zami, 
a new spelling of my name, Audre Lorde 
shows how her mother was transformed 
by life in New York City, how she was 
made wary and hard by the necessity of 
surviving in this ruthless new world. The 
most moving parts of the book are those 
times when Audre, who is mostly in a 
state of open warfare with her mother, 
who tries literally to beat Audre into 
shape, is aware of that other mother be- 
hind the disciplinarian, the wise woman 
of Carriacou. There are several extra- 
ordinary pages, almost a love scene, in 
which Audre, who has just got her first 
period, is dreamily pounding spices and 
garlic in a mortar and is surprised by her 
mother, ready to scold her as usual, 
who, in a sudden burst of understand- 
ing, softens into tenderness. "Her arm 
across my shoulders was warm and 
slightly damp. I rested my head upon her 
shoulder, and realized with a shock of 
pleasure and surprise that I was almost 
as tall as my mother, as she led me into 
the cool darkened parlor." It is a 
mystical fusion: the sensual symbol of 
mortar and pestle, Audre Lorde's rite of 
passage into womanhood, and a rare 
moment when mother and daughter 
merge with each other. 

Audre Lorde is perhaps the most ac- 
complished of the lesbian writers I have 
studied; her work is a marvellous blend 
of clear-sightedness, of passion and 
anger and humour. She has pushed lan- 
guage in new directions. Other writers, 
too, have adopted very personal styles, 
like extensions of their own bodies. Of 
these Gloria Anzaldiia struck me partic- 
ularly in El Paisano is a bird of good 
Omen, the first part of an autobiograph- 
ical novel in Conditions: Eight. It is the 
story of Andrea, a tomboy, a lesbian, a 
whirlwind of energy and rebellion. 
When she asks her grandmother. "Why 
do 1 seem evil to them?" (her relations), 
her grandtnolhcr replies. "Because you 
arc wholly yourself. That terrifies people 
w ho arc prisoners of others' upbringing, 
who are molded by others." 

Anzaldiia. by little brushstrokes, an 



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interweaving of sharply perceived land- 
scape with glimpses of the people, Span- 
ish-speaking, Uvely but conventional, 
with Andrea, the rebel, at the centre, is 
painting the self-portrait of a lesbian. 
And the grandmother's definition, "be- 
cause you are wholly yourself," applies 
to all the third world lesbian writers who 
interest me most. Reading them, one 
realizes that coming out as lesbians has 
freed them to be wholly themselves, and 
that, paradoxically, this has brought 
them closer to their cultural heritage. 

Cultures in which women were tradi- 
tionally silent — Native American or 
Asian- Pacific American, for instance — 
have found their voices in poets like 
Barbara Noda, Kitty Taui, Chrystos, 
Paula Gunn Allen. On the back cover of 
Lesbian Poetry, Barbara Smith is 
quoted as saying, "The rare quality of 
many of these poems is their integrity, 
the truth that happens when women talk 
directly to each other." And that is my 
overwhelming impression, — of the 
directness of these writers already 
formed or in the process of formation, 
who are not afraid to speak hard truths 
with their whole selves. Some of them 
give me hope that a dialogue is possible 
between third world lesbian writers and 
white lesbians; that they, too, can talk 
directly to each other. As Barbara Smith 
says about lesbian separatism in her 
wonderful conversation with her twin 
sister, Beverly, in This Bridge Called My 
Back, "What / really feel is radical is 
trying to make coalitions with people 
who are different from you. I feel it is 
radical to be dealing with race and sex 
and class and sexual identity all at one 
time... because it has never been done 
before." The most remarkable of the 
third world writers do this in their work, 
and as a white lesbian I can learn 
much from them about wholeness and 
integrity. Mar>' Meigs D 



FILM 



Quips and cracks 
at the closet door 

Lianna. Dir: John Sayles. United Artists 
Classics, 1983. 

To say writer and filmmaker John Sayles 
is eclectic fails somehow to suggest the 
gamut from his Piranha to Lianna. 
Sayles has written eight screenplays 
(mostly pulp horror pieces like Battle 
Beyond the Stars and Alligator), a pair 
of novels (the second, Union Dues, was 



The accidental death at the age of seventy- 
one of Tennessee Williams (shown at right in 
his Key West studio in a shot from the '50s) 
has been mourned and eulogized by many 
who worked with him in the theatre and film. 
l\/1ost Ignore Williams's gayness, or merely 
hint at it by suggesting his career "fell 
apart ' ' in 1963 after the death of Frank 
fiJIerlo, his steady companion of fourteen 
years. They list the achievements of his pro- 
lific career and, in some cases, connect 
these to the ' 'facts ' ' of his apparently trou- 
bled childhood and unhappy life. 

This is understandable treatment from the 
heterosexual daily press. But Williams 
deserves more and better, and he deserves 
it from us. Not just because he was one of 
the best playwrights of his time, and not just 
because he was gay He deserves our tribute 
because he let his gayness inform his work 
long before this was fashionable, and he let 
his work inform those of us who were gay 
long before the word was even used. 

I first heard of Tennessee Williams when I 
overheard my mother discussing the film 
version of Suddenly Last Summer sometime 
in the late '50s. She didn't understand the 
imagery of the sequence, which she des- 
cribed In detail, in which Sebastian Venables 
is pursued to his death by a group of young 
boys. I didn't understand it either — but I 
knew I wanted to read the play Something 
about Sebastian and the boys hit a nerve. 

I was around fifteen then, a high-school 
student in North Vancouver Reading the 
early plays of Tennessee Williams — The 
Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, 
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof — I discovered the 
theatre: more Importantly I began to discov- 
er myself I didn't know Williams was gay: I 
didn't know I was. All I knew was that his 
work stirred me, made me excited and 
frightened about growing up, made me want 
to travel to New York and New Orleans, 
made me realize that others thought and 




talked about love and lust, delusion and 
desire, with as much passion and confusion 
as I did. 

Now that I 've written plays and have seen 
and studied Williams's work, I've become 
more critical of both the man and his craft. 
I have to stop and remind myself that the ex- 
citement and longing he kindled in me has in 
some small way led to who I have become. 
When I remember the boy I was, I have 
more patience with the man that Williams 
became. And I like to think I criticize him as 
I do my friends, not arbitrarily and academi- 



cally but with care and considerate respect. 

I never met Tennessee — or, let's say, he 
never met me: I feel I 've met him many 
times over the years in his plays, short 
stories, memoirs and filmscripts. If I had 
met him, I wouldn't have known what to say 
But I do know what I would like to have 
done. 

Tennessee: I wish I had been able to hold 
you, to look you straight in the eyes, give 
you my warmest smile and let you take it 
from there. You were never at a loss for 
words. Robert Wallacen 



nominated for a US National Book 
Award), and has directed two indepen- 
dent features, Return of the Secaucus 
Seven in 1978 and now Lianna, a les- 
bian's coming out story. 

Lianna centers on a college profes- 
sor's wife who falls in love with a wom- 
an teaching a night school class. "I'm 
gay!" Lianna (Canadian Linda Grif- 
fiths) shouts with dazzling naivete to a 
husband already casting about for a rea- 
son to be rid of her, and shortly he is. 

It's a terrifying transition, of course, 
and Sayles charts it precisely. When her 
lover skedaddles back to an old flame, 
Lianna huddles in her dispiriting two- 
room flat with the soaps and potato 
chips. Nearly everything she does is 
extraordinarily recognizable. Abruptly 



Jane Hallaren (left) and Linda Griffiths in Lianna: "everything is extraordinarily recognizable" 




alone — her best friend has retreated in 
heterosexual shock — Lianna takes a 
job as a supermarket cashier and begins 
gradually to explore the situation she has 
tossed herself into. 

One would be up against it to name a 
more visually bland director than Sayles. 
His actors seem to be lit by lanterns and 
the camera almost never moves. It isn't 
even well-placed. 

But what Sayles offers as compensa- 
tion for the normal filmgoing pleasures 
of lovely photography, scenery, action 
and pacing is his verbal wit. Even the 
children here toss off epigrams as if 
breast-fed by Oscar Wilde, while their 
parents, even in rages, trade quips with 
inexhaustable panache. 

Yet, though his wit sustains the action 
and carries it forward, Sayles's principal 
gift lies in the aptness of his portraits, in 
their remarkable likeness to people one 
knows. Though he may sometimes strike 
flat notes, he is never false. This is par- 
ticularly true of Lianna, but also evi- 
denced in the minor characters, the best 
of whom are her upstairs neighbours — 
two women gorging on popcorn and 
peanut butter waiting for the men of 
their dreams. 

Without seeming ponderous the film 
moves leisurely, and the satisfaction of 
that is being allowed the opportunity to 
observe Lianna closely and to consider 
her choices as opposed to merely keep- 
ing track of them. The final pleasure of 
Lianna is that here is a woman worth 
admiring, whom one can identify with, 
cheer for and feel lucky in the company 
of. And how many lesbian heroines can 
one say as much of? 

Of course, a feminist response to yet 
another film in which a man interprets a 
woman's experience may be a picket 
line. First there was Robert Towne's 
Personal Best, then Claude Jutra's By 
Design, and now Lianna. In that context 



I would hardly venture the opinion that 
Lianna seems to me satisfyingly realistic: 
the love scenes are not enough, true, but 
neither are they enough in Fassbinder's 
Querelle. A more potent disappointment 
is that Lianna is a coming out story, yet 
another one, as if gay life considered in a 
dramatic sense, particularly by hetero- 
sexuals, ends when the closet door 
cracks. Perhaps soon, but likely not, 
filmmakers will realize just the opposite 
isso. Edmund CarlevaleD 



MANNERS 



Get you, Butch... 

"Who would it be more fun to imitate 
on a New York subway grating, Marilyn 
Monroe or R2D2? So why is everyone 
walking around acting like R2D2? 
Because R2D2 is Butch and Butch is get- 
ting laid. Throw out the heels and get 
out the construction boots. There's a 
whole new drag and it's called Butch." 

No one was born Butch, says Clark 
Henley in The Butch Manual (Sta Horse 
Press, $9.25) — they've only done their 
homework. 

Some sample hints from Henley: 

• Just because women are no longer 
interested in the word "girl" is no 
reason for the gay community to claim 
it. And forget you ever heard the name 
"Mary." 

• The key to developing Butch is simpli- 
city, a quality which does not particular- 
ly abound in the gay community. "Hey" 
will do as a substitute for almost 
everything Butch has to say. 

• Butch does not convey excitement in 
his voice. Not Butch: "If-you-don't- 
come-over-to-this-window-right-this- 
minute-you're-going-to-miss-the-hunk- 
from-Parcel-Post-and-it-wili-be-/oo- 
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Butch etiquette: heels are not for doing 
weights; hairdryers are only for pee spots 

• People say they don't judge a book by 
its cover. They're lying. People pick up 
the cover, they judge the cover, they 
even fuck the cover — without ever 
opening the book. Butch doesn't care. 
He is the cover. 

• Butch wears sunglasses twenty-four 
hours a day, mirrored sunglasses. This 
way not only can Butch remain hidden, 
he can constantly distract any person 
trying to talk to him. 

• It is sometimes difficult for Butches to 
achieve orgasm in a room with fewer 
than two mirrors. 

• An enthusiastic use of drugs allows 
Butch to maintain the Butch charisma 
indefinitely. Some people complain that 
they often can't speak, let alone con- 
verse on drugs. These people have yet to 
perceive the correct mode of behaviour 
in gay establishments. D 



BOOKS 



No patience for Sarah 

The Journey by Anne Cameron. Avon Books, 
55.95 (paperback). 



If you want to feel comfortable with The 
Journey by Anne Cameron, you'll have 
to accept a certain number of givens 
before plunging in. It is of primary 
importance first to establish the dif- 
ference between the writer as novelist 
and the writer as storyteller. In The 
Journey, Anne Cameron is the latter, a 
weaver of a western tale of two women: 
a young girl and a prostitute who share 
the struggles of moving west in the late 
1800s. The Journey is not cluttered with 
heavy symbolism; it doesn't tax the 
reader's mind with heavy philosophies 



and avoids all but the most basic polit- 
ical statements. However, this is not to 
say that the book is simple. In fact, the 
profusion of characters, western towns 
and horses confuses the reader to the 
point that it becomes necessary to turn 
back a chapter or two to figure out who 
is presently on the scene and who has 
been killed or left behind. Since this type 
of story relies so heavily on a gradual un- 
folding of the tale, this confusion 
doesn't heighten suspense (as I suspect 
was intended); in fact the quantity of 
names and characters crowd the reader, 
often obscuring the tale. 

The Journey is a very understated 
book about love between women. While 
the book is thick with hints and Anne 
and Sarah do develop a very close 
friendship on their way west to set up a 
home together, a northern Patience and 
Sarah this book is not! A sexual 
relationship between these two women 
doesn't develop until long after the first 
three quarters of the story, after Sarah 



has exhausted the steady stream of men 
she seems more than willing to accom- 
modate. Meanwhile Anne patiently pets 
her horse. 

Because I'm familiar with other works 
by Anne Cameron, I was distressed to 
see that, while a "platonic" bond be- 
tween Anne and Sarah was handled well, 
any physical dimension of that bond was 
held in reserve until very close to the 
end. Perhaps Cameron was saving any 
mention of lesbian sex (aside from what 
passed for love between women in the 
brothel) until the end of the tale, as a 
child hordes the choicest part of a meal. 
But the tidbit saved is so scanty that it 
just doesn't seem worth the wait. Cam- 
eron's method of revelation risks the 
danger of leading readers to assume that 
lesbianism is merely something that hap- 
pens between women when there just 
happen to be no men around, a matter 
of desperate circumstance rather than 
preference. That line of thinking can be 
dangerous. 



It's quite important to remember that 
The Journey has been published by a 
major paperback house. There is no 
mention of lesbianism on the cover, evi- 
dence that such a "controversial sub- 
ject" had to be buffered with a few com- 
promises if it was expected to sell to the 
general, straight public. Before we cele- 
brate lesbian visibility out in the "big" 
world, let's think about the question of 
images. Frankly, I'm not satisfied with 
the images of men or women in this 
book. Most of the male characters seem 
to be drunks, cheats or sex maniacs. 
Anne is the constant, gentle, wise, 
nature-loving young amazon, and Sarah 
is the fallen woman who keeps falling 
over and over again. The characters 
never change or grow. They're flat and 
predictable: too much in keeping with 
what is expected. A wonderful example 
of such stereotyping is the tough but 
lovable madame who just happens to 
keep one of "her girls" close by for her- 
self. The characters are difficult to 



if 



You will have many sons. . . 



99 



The dance floor darkens. The crowd be- 
comes still. A large circle of light bright- 
ens the chintzy stage hung with firecrack- 
ers and paper umbrellas. Twelve o'clock 
on Sunday night is not peak time in the 
ghetto, but the crowd that has been gath- 
ering around the stage at Toronto's Club 
Manatee for the last half hour doesn't 
seem to be worrying about Monday 
morning. Suddenly, the MC pops out of 
the curtains and into the spotlight. 
"Gung heifat choi!"he delivers, a brave 
rendition of the Cantonese "Happy New 
Year." "Welcome to the year of the pig," 
he continues, with a quip about Metro's 
finest. 

My father left China more than fifty 
years ago. Like many other immigrants 
he believed that if he wanted firm roots in 
the west he had to sever his eastern ones. 
So, despite frequent admonitions about 
filial piety and Chinese table manners, we 
went to Christian church on Sunday and 
celebrated Christmas rather than Chinese 
New Year. How strange, then, that twelve 
years after leaving home I should be cele- 
brating my Chinese heritage, and in the 
middle of one of the grand old establish- 
ments of the gay ghetto. 

The MC finally disappears and the sil- 
ver lame curtains open jerkily. To a loud 
gasp from the audience the first member 
of the Wong Sisters fioats onto centre 
stage in an elaborate Chinese dress, red 
for happiness. The daintily clasped hands 
and the tilted head framed by black bangs 
project the perfect china-doll image. 
Even the song is a traditional one for New 
Year's. Greeted by loud cheers, Suzie 
graciously distributes hai see, the little red 
envelopes (usually containing money) 
given by married couples to younger 
single people. These ones, unfortunately, 
are empty. 

Suzie is followed by Linda, Patsy, 
Gina, Doris and Fifi, each of whom de- 
livers a popular number in true Hong 
Kong style, a camp mixture of elegance, 
night-clubs and schlock. The Wong Sis- 
ters' show, called The Oriental Express, is 
the best drag performance I've seen. It is 
also the first successful commercial 
manifestation of the Asian presence in 
Toronto's gay community. The fact that 
over half the audience is Asian testifies to 
their ability to draw us together. 

The Oriental Express is only the end to 
a very gay Chinese New Year for me. Two 
days earlier, Gay Asians of Toronto held 
a party for eighty of their friends. It was 



the largest single collection of gay Asians 
I'd seen: young Asians, old Asians, new 
wave Asians, Asians in leather, Asians in 
polyester, Asian Canadians, West Indian 
Asians and Asian Asians. The stereo 
blasted the heavy beat of disco combined 
with the clash of gongs and cymbals. 
There were New Year's goodies; spring 
rolls and more hai see, this time contain- 
ing fortunes — "You will have many 
sons." 

According to custom the big celebra- 
tion happens on New Year's Eve, when 
the whole family gets together over food. 
That Saturday night we gathered at 
Gerry's, whose dinners are becoming a 
tradition in themselves. Gerry's apart- 
ment is full of mementos of the China he 
left when still quite young. There are 
scrolls on the walls and little votive bowls 
from his family shrine. His window sill is 
lined with the traditional yellow chrysan- 
themums we have all brought him. The 
guest list is quite flexible. This year I have 
invited a man who had been arrested in 
the bath raids. I met him when the Right 
To Privacy Committee called Gay Asians 
of Toronto asking for members who 
would go to court with him. Three of us 
did, and he got off because the cops, who 
couldn't tell one Chinese person from 
another, weren't able to identify him. 

These dinners are great not only be- 



cause of the food and because I'm with 
people I like, but also because I am sel- 
dom in an environment where my race 
can be so easily taken for granted. It is 
even more rare to be somewhere where I 
feel relaxed about my race and my 
sexuality. 

Back to the Manatee. For the second 
half of the show the Wong Sisters do pop- 
ular English numbers. Doris charms the 
crowd with her delicate smile, the slightly 
butch Gina advises confidentially "If the 
love fits wear it." Dressed in red satin and 
a fur stole Linda is wild and raunchy as 
she invites the audience to "Make love to 
me." The evening ends with a grand fin- 
ale, all the sisters together on stage toast- 
ing the audience in elegant style. 

As I look around the room, reminis- 
cent of another era with psychedelic pais- 
ley wallpaper and hanging platforms for 
go-go dancers, I think about coming out, 
eight years ago. I could always count the 
number of non-whites at any gay event on 
the fingers of one hand. I remember talk- 
ing to a gay Malaysian friend about the 
cultural schizophrenia we felt then. Gay 
and Asian seemed to demand mutually 
exclusive loyalties. Later there was a long 
period when we only talked about Asian- 
ness in the context of racism and our 
isolation in the ghetto. But tonight I see 
the faces of a dozen Asian friends and 
dozens of other Asians I don't know . all 
of us here, coming together to celebrate 
who we are and our growing sense of 
community. Richard FungD 



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know, even more difficult to believe, be- 
cause they function as agents of the plot, 
not as realistic, full characters. 

I think the question of images of les- 
bians in books written by lesbians and 
destined for a mainstream audience 
raises issues that we must examine very 
closely before we praise a gay book for 
being accepted by the general public. We 
must question what makes that work 
acceptable, how we are being presented 
and how close this comes to the reality 
of our own lives. If a lesbian writer 
merely reinforces the stereotypes we 
have been allotted, we will continue to 
be represented by dishonest, damaging 
images. 

It's the responsibility of lesbian wri- 
ters to write honestly and to take the risk 
of presenting issues in an honest manner 
through believable characters without 
perpetuating our "less than normal" 
image to the general public. Attempting 
to reach a wider audience for her work, 
Anne Cameron has given us in The Jour- 
ney a story that shows a strong bond be- 
tween two women with lots of courage. 
She gives us a happy ending, but it's not 
enough. It's not worth sacrificing the 
power of honestly depicting the lesbian 
experience, just for the sake of writing 
this year's (token) "lesbian" book. 

Joy ParksD 



Homosexuality and Psychotherapy; A Practi- 
tioner's Handbook of Affirmative IVIodels. 

Edited by John C Gonsiorek, PhD. Haworth 
Press, 1982. $19.95. 

In recent years, the number of therapists 
and genteelly competitive therapies have 
proliferated like yogurt brans. This more 
complex therapeutic structure has prob- 
ably contributed to the lessening of the 
antagonism and moralism which gay 
people seeking advice and therapy have 
too often confronted. 

Homosexuality and Psychotherapy 
represents a wholesome, hope-inducing 
trend in the therapeutic field. Accepting 
(and indeed insisting) that homosexual- 
ity is not a social and psychological 
dysfunction, the authors of the sixteen 
articles are more concerned with devel- 
oping perspectives and techniques that 
can enable a therapist and client to reach 
decisions useful in promoting life- 
affirming social roles. 

Especially interesting to me was a dis- 
cussion of the utility of a psychoanalytic 
philosophy and technique in treating gay 
patients. Psychoanalysis has been in dis- 
favour with gays for some time now, but 
the authors present a convincing argu- 
ment for dropping one's guard against 
the therapy Freud founded. 

This volume is probably as close to in- 
dispensable as any available today to the 
therapist with gay clients. 

George K SaxD 



Alternative Papers: Selections from the Alter- 
native Press, 1979-1980. Edited by Elliott 
Shore, Laura Daly and Patricia Case. Temple 
University Press. $14.95. 

In the beginning there was the counter- 
culture. 

Now that the gay community is devel- 
oping what sociologists call "institutio- 
nal completeness," with our own liber- 
als and conservatives, clubs and busi- 
nesses, churches and ghettos, organiza- 
tions and media, it is refreshing to be re- 
minded that the gay press, at least, can 
trace its origins beyond the boundaries 
of our community. Along with a number 
of movements that have since developed 
along separate paths, we can find a com- 
mon ancestor in the primeval radical 



soup of sex, drugs, rock 'n'roll and 
revolution that was the early '70s. 

Alternative Papers pulls together two 
hundred articles from periodicals voic- 
ing the dissent of those who survived the 
'70s and have continued to push forward 
their respective social critiques. And 
sandwiched among "appropriate tech- 
nology," "third world struggles," 
"workplace organizing," and "anti- 
nukers" we find "lesbians and gay 
men," with selections from Gay Com- 
munity News, Sinister Wisdom, Leaping 
Lesbian, Gay Insurgent and TBP, among 
others. 

As our movement becomes more 
mature and continues its search for allies 
in the '80s, this book provides a useful 
index to some of the issues and move- 
ments which share common roots, and 
which together may one day produce a 
really powerful challenge to a society 
whose heterosexism is only part of its 
web of oppression and injustice. 

TimMcCaskellD 



The Book Known as Q: A Consideration of 
Shakespeare's Sonnets by Robert Giroux. 
Atheneum, 1982. $14.95 

If Shakespeare had put "she" in the 
Sonnets where he wrote "he," no one 
would have argued that they couldn't 
really be heterosexual. But, probably be- 
cause he didn't expect to be published, 
he did write "he," and for centuries crit- 
ics have been trying to get around that 
fact. Coleridge argued that the mascu- 
line pronouns are a ruse: Shakespeare 
was trying to conceal the fact that he was 
writing to a woman. Lesser critics have 
taken the transcendental route: the Son- 
nets are so rare and fine that we can 
overlook any particular young man who 
may have been involved. They forget 
that love, like the Sonnets, is a funny 
mixture of transcendence and particu- 
larity. 

A book on Sonnet-hysteria would 
need several chapters just to deal with 



Top 10 fiction bool<s: 

1 . The Boy Who Picked the Bullets Up 
by Charles Nelson 

2. A Boy 's Own Story by Edmund 
White 

3. Tricks by Renaud Camus 

4. Further Tales of the City by 
Armistead Maupin 

5. STUD by Phil Andros 

6. My Brother 's Image by Mark 
Hamilton 

7. The Boy from Beirut by Robin 
Maugham 

8. Zami: a new spellmg of my name 
byAudreLorde 

9. Below the Belt by Phil Andros 

10. A Comfortable Corner by Vincent 
Virga 

Top 10 non-fiction books 

1 . The Butch Manual by Clark Henley 

2. Sex edited by Boyd MacDonald 

3. Coming Out Right by Wes Muchmore 
and William Hanson. 

4. Flaunting It! edited by Ed Jackson 
and Stan Persky 

5. Alienated Affections by Seymour 
Kleinberg 

6. The A dvocate Guide to Gay Health by 
R D Fenwick 

7. Anal Pleasure and Health by Jack 
Morin 

8. Flesh edited by Boyd MacDonald 

9. The Gay Book of Days by Martin 
Greif 

10. Lesbian Images by Jane Rule 

(at Glad Day Bookstore, 648A Yonge St. 
2nd floor Toronto. 0NM5Y2A6.) 



36/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 




The Atlantic Region of the National Film 
Board will soon release a half-hour film 
about the prominent Newfoundland wri- 
ter and political figure, Harold Norwood. 
A rough print of The Author of These 
Words had its first showing February 18 
before a small audience in the St fiJIary's 
University art gallery In Halifax. 

Horwood is known for his 1966 novel, 
Tomorrow Will Be Sunday, which 
describes a young man 's sexual and 
moral coming-of-age in a Newfoundland 
outport. The central character, Eli 
Pallisher, is caught between his sexual 
relationship with the village's evangelical 
minister and his platonic love for a male 
teacher, falsely accused of homosexual 
seduction. 

The film contains newsreel footage of 
the campaign to bring Newfoundland into 
Confederation, during which Horwood 
was a close colleague of Joey Small- 
wood. Horwood left politics after 1949 to 
write a scathing column for the St John's 
Evening Telegram which earned him the 
premier's ire. In an historic exchange 
between the two men in Smallwood's 
office, Smallwood reveals that he had 
once considered having Horwood 
assassinated. 

Horwood describes himself in the film 
as "a true bisexual" who, however, has 
never "gone all the way" with another 
man. He tells how Smallwood's secret 
police followed him in the early '50s in 
the hope of finding evidence that he was 
an active homosexual. 

Director William l\/lcGillivray told the 
audience that the Montreal mandarins of 
the NFB had cut fifteen minutes from the 
film, Including the historic footage on 
Smallwood and Horwood, on the basis 
that it was of only "regional" interest 
and too long for television. One NFB offi- 
cial even suggested the film be subtitled 
because he couldn 7 understand Small- 
wood's "dialect." Robin MetcalfeD 



the preposterous misinformation of crit- 
ics on the subject of homosexuality. 
Wilham Empson, for example, once 
raised the question of whether "anal coi- 
tion took place, with the Earl as the 
girl" and concluded that since the Earl 
(of Southampton) was "prone enough 
to women" he couldn't have been "the 
girl" — or even the boy. No wonder 
they get it all wrong. 

In The Book Known as Q (the original 
edition of the Sonnets is designated 
"Q"), Robert Giroux plumps for the 
Earl of Southampton as "begetter" of 
the Sonnets. He argues that they were 
written early in Shakespeare's career, 
and suppressed almost as soon as they 
were published in 1609. His view of the 
love they express is a modernized version 
of the transcendental approach, with a 
bit of help from Iris Murdoch. Giroux 
quotes WH Auden's almost Coleridgean 
pronouncement that "we are confronted 
in the sonnets by a mystery, rather than 
by an aberration." Should this carry 
special authority coming from a homo- 
sexual poet? No, all it shows is that gays 
are not immune to Sonnet-hysteria. 

The Book Known 05 Q is a readable 



introduction to Sonnet-criticism — both 
its mysteries and its aberrations. It ends 
with a reproduction of the source of all 
the embarrassment. Lionel Morton D 



AESTHETERA 



• Filming will begin in April on The 
Mayor of Castro Street, based on the 
biography of Harvey Milk by Randy 
Shilts. Shilts also wrote the screenplay 
for the film, scheduled for release in 
early 1984. According to Joe Hamilton 
Productions, three major actors have 
been vying for the role of the assass- 
inated San Francisco gay leader. 

• Track Two, Harry Sutherland's film 
about the Toronto bath raids, was one of 
seven films chosen to represent Canada 
at last month's 33rd BerUn International 
Film Festival. 

• Grants of $40,(XX) from the New York 
Council for the Humanities and $15,000 
from the New York State Council on the 
Arts have been awarded to the producers 
of Before Stonewall. As well as dona- 
tions for the remaining $25, (XX) of the 
documentary's budget, the producers 
are seeking any visual or written material 
of lesbian and gay life in America prior 
to the '70s. Write 630 Ninth Ave, Suite 
908, New York, NY 10036, or 1 10 First 
St, San Francisco, CA 94105. 

New books on religion 

But Lord, They 're Gay by Rev Silvya 
Pennington. Pennington documents her 
journey from homophobia to accep- 
tance of and decision to work with gays 
in the Metropolitan Community 
Church. Lambda Christian Fellowship, 
Box 1967, Hawthorne, CA 90250. 
God's Bullies by Perry Deane Young. 
Young was "saved" as a youth by Billy 
Graham. His book describes his even- 
tual disillusionment with radical funda- 
mentalism, and the hypocrisy and 
power-grubbing he discovers behind 
much of its resurgence in American 
politics. A section deals with the New 
Right's Terry Dolan, a major figure in 
anti-gay campaigns whom Young reveals 
as an active homosexual. Holt, Rinehart 
& Winston, $18.50. 
Alternative Life-Styles Confront the 
Church by Deane William Ferm. In- 
cludes a chapter on gays. $8.95 (paper- 
back) from Seabury Press, Seabury Ser- 
vice Center, Somers, CT, 06071 . 
A Challenge to Love: Gay and Lesbian 
Catholics in the Church. $9.95 (paper- 
back) from Crossroad/Continuum, 575 
Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022. 
The Voice of the Stranger by Madge 
Reinhardt. A true story about a teacher 
who loses her job in the Christian 
Science church when she is discovered to 
be a lesbian. Back Row Press, 1803 
Venus Ave, St Paul, MN 551 12. 
The New Testament and Homosexuality 
by Robin Scroggs, to be released in 
August. $14.95 from Fortress Press, 
2900 Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 
19129 (in Canada: G R Welch Co, 960 
Gateway, Burlington, ON L7L SK7). 



This issue's writers 

Edmund Carlevale lives In Boston and contributes 
regularly to The Advocate and Bay Windows, a new 
Boston monttily . . Richard Fung is a member of 
Gay Asians of Toronto. ... Tim McCaskell is a long- 
time TBP collective member Mary Meigs's (Irsi 
book was Lily Bnscoe: A Self -Portrait. Robin 
Metcalfe is a long-time Mantime activist Gary 
Ostrom, now living in San Francisco, has blessed 
ttie pages of rSPslnce 1972 Joy Parks is TSPs 
lesbian small press columnist George Sax is a 
film critic and social scientist living in Buffalo 
NY. Former TBP collective member Merv Walker 
fias returned to Toronto alter live years of living in 
Vancouver, IVIonlreal and San Francisco Bob 
Wallace edits the Canadian Ttieatre Review 



THE INCA TOUR 
July 2 to 11, 1983 




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Eight days in l>eru, visiting the cities of 
Lima and Cuzco , with their splendid 
Spanish colonial churches and palaces, 
and including two memorable days 
and nights high in the Andes at Machu 
Picchu, the most dramatically situated 
archaeological site in the world, reach- 
ed by narrow-gauge railroad through 
the gorge of the Urubamba River, 
where we have taken over entirely 
the small hotel near the Inca ruins for 
our group of 48 men. 

Adventurous men in good physical con- 
dition will be interested in the op- 
tional six-day INCA TREK on June 26, 
1983, which provides a hike at a 
leisurely pace along the ancient Inca 
trail to Machu Picchu. We have also ar- 
ranged an optional ten-day extension 
to the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS by 
chartered yacht, on July 11 to 30, 
1983. 

Our other popular travel programs for 
men in 1983 include an ATLANTIC 
CRUISE in September and a tour to 
RUSSIA in November. 

If you let us know in which programs 
you ore interested, we will send the 
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operated in association with HANNS 
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In a previous column, I praised Ian 
Everton's story "Crysalis," included in 
a British anthology. His novel Aliena- 
tion, published by Gay Men's Press at 
$8.50, is an austere, rather pessimistic 
novel about a group of gay men and 
women in a future England after a civil 
war and something referred to as 
"World War III." In spite of these 
events, the time seems much Hke our 
own. The boredom and marginal exis- 
tence of many of the characters is 
reflected not in graphic physical descrip- 
tion but in Everton's deliberately flat 
style. The two main characters are Peter 
and the man who becomes his lover, 
Jon. For the first half of the book, Jon 
is suffering from amnesia, which Ever- 
ton uses as a metaphor for homosexual- 
ity and "alienation." For gays, the act 
of coming out tends to negate our past; 
we are truly "born again," and have to 
begin again — an experience which can 
be as awkward and bewildering as it is 
exhilarating. 

Everton seems to find both personal 
and poUtical solutions to our alienated 
state inadequate, but the slowly develop- 
ing connection between Peter and Jon 
shows he is not totally without hope. 
This disquieting and bleak novel will 
probably appeal to fewer readers than 
some other recent gay fiction, but it 
seems to me much closer to our real situ- 
ation, much truer. It will not be for every- 
body, but I recommend it to any reader 
of this column. It will be interesting to 
see where Everton goes from here. 

Panthology Two is the second Colts- 
foot Press anthology of fiction (and a 
little poetry) about man /boy love, and i; 
a great improvement on its predecessor. 
The trouble-free wish-fulfillment fan- 
tasies so common to fiction on this 
theme are here, but there is some real 
writing too. The lush, thoughtful short 
pieces by "Hakim" are especially 
welcome. 

The great find of the book is a writer 
now in prison (for loving boys, accord- 
ing to the introduction). Louis A 
Colantuono's autobiographical story 
"Lonely Roamer and FooHsh Child" 
pulls the reader into the hurly-burly life 
of a long-distance trucker and his vari- 
ous boyfriends. Perhaps there are exag- 
gerations here; certainly there are some 
uncomfortable aspects — the trucker's 
unexplained relationship with his long- 
suffering wife, for example. But the 
sheer vividness and zest of the narrative, 
Colantuono's ability to handle colloqui- 
al dialogue, and not least, a quality of 
love that cannot be ignored or denied, 
make the story irresistible. Coltsfoot 
should make its number one project the 
publication of Colantuono's whole sto- 
ry, as a full-length book. As withthe 
previous volume, the covers are decora- 
ted with exquisite full-colour paintings 
by Mario de Graaf. Price is $8.25. 

A Just God is a new literary magazine 
edited by Ralph Pomeroy and Lucy 
Despard and published by Brass Tacks 
Press. The first issue has a number of 
good things including poems by Edward 
Field, Arthur Gregor and Thorn Gunn 
and some fascinating letters from fiction 
writer Alfred Chester, totally out of 
place in the MacDowell Colony and 
beginning to hear the voices in his head 



that pursued him to an early death in 
Jerusalem not long afterwards. Edward 
Field is editing a collection of Chester's 
letters for publication. 

Considering the reference to justice in 
the magazine's title, it is outrageous that 
the editors will not consider unsolicited 
manuscripts! \f A Just God is to be a 




Exquisite: cover painting from Panthology Two 



real magazine and not just a house jour- 
nal for the editors and their friends, they 
will have to open up to the outside 
world. No price is indicated. 

Bob Larzelere's The Harmony of 
Love (Context Publications) is part 
autobiography, part essay, written as a 
meditation after the death of the 
author's long-time lover. The wisdom in 
the book has been distilled from a great 
deal of experience — and pain — both 
personal and professional (Larzelere is 
an MD). There is also some unnecessary 
jargon ("dipolar vibrations" and so on) 
and poor editing that prevent the book's 
message from being more accessible. No 
price is indicated. 

Jack and Jim: A Personal Journal of 
the 70's by Jim Brogan (Equanimity 
Press, $8.45) is a chronicle of the 
developing relationship between two 
lovers. Its picture is a positive one but 
the book suffers from too narrow a 
focus. The quality and details of the 
relationship are endlessly examined, 
mulled over and chewed on. One longs 
for a description of a country walk, a 
strong opinion about a book, a reaction 
to a newscast! 

The Boy and the Dagger by Asger 
Lund (Coltsfoot Press, $8.25) is a his- 
torical romance about man /boy love. It 
is sheer fantasy, and great fun. I haven't 
enjoyed a-'costume drama so much since 
I curled up with my Robert Louis 
Stevenson books as a kid. The New York 
Native has dismissed and denounced the 
work because there are no women in it. 
"How does the race survive?" they 
huff, idiotically. New York: so 
provincial! D 

Gay Men 's Press: PO Box 247, London 

N15 6RW, England 

Coltsfoot Press: PO Box 3496, 1001 AG 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Brass Tacks Press: 1 1 50 Fifth Ave, Suite 14F, 

New York, NY 10028, USA 

Context Publications: 20 Lomita Ave, San 

Francisco, CA 94122, USA 

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38/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



Confessions of a newsprint junkie 



It's a little known and often embarrass- 
ing fact that yours truly spent her high 
school years making extra money by 
writing social notes and obituaries for a 
small town weekly paper. But those 
years of doing everything from setting 
type to sweeping up the darkroom floor 
left an indelible mark on my personality. 
I'm a newsprint junkie! So how could I 
just overlook a pile of newspapery- 




looking material which arrived for 
review? Could I just squeeze them be- 
tween notices of more substantial and 
lasting books and periodicals? No! — 
this month I'm giving the gay newpaper 
its fair due. 

1 had heard about the San Francisco 
Bay Area women's newpaper, Plexus 
long before I finally got my hands on a 
copy. While much of the material in the 
paper deals with the southern west coast 
(subtly hinting at the enlightened life- 
style of sunny California), Plexus also 
contains excellent coverage of lesbian/ 
feminist politics from a global perspec- 
tive — I'd say writers like Charlotte 
Bunch are about as excellent as you can 
get. Much of Plexus's coverage centres 
on the as-yel-to-be-passed (I still have 
hope) ERA. Yet many of the articles on 
women's health, politics and culture are 
of interest to women anywhere. Plexus is 
upbeat and interesting. Just the letters to 
the editor are enough to spark hours of 
debate. 

The only problem I had was attempt- 
ing to hold back tears while reading the 
ads and event calendars. In the Bay area 



there is at least one cultural, educational 
or political gathering specifically for les- 
bians, every single night of the month. 
Just try to imagine what that would be 
like! 

After all the Gay Community News 
has been through in the past year, I 
think it's time to proclaim that GCNis 
one of the best gay newspapers in North 
America. I have faith that it will survive 
despite the type of ignorance and fear 
that has bred the attempts to obliterate 
it. I'm particularly taken with GCA^s 
cultural and entertainment coverage, its 
semi-regular book supplement and 
good-natured approach. 

Lesbians receive a good 50% of GCN 
space every week; and this large quantity 
is high quality material: interviews with 
lesbian writers Uke Jan Clausen and Elly 
Bulkin, articles on Susan Saxe's prison 
confinement during raids at Framing- 
ham, information on local events and 
groups and much more. Judging from 
ads and readers' feedback, CCA' appears 
to be an institution to Boston area gays. 
Again, as with Plexus, most of GCN's 
offerings are relevant to gays every- 
where, not merely to a specific locahty. 

Sojourner is subtitled "The New Eng- 
land Women's Journal of news, opin- 
ions and the arts." This news journal 
has a very crisp, visually pleasing for- 
mat, and the material consists of serious 
works: outspoken but tactful. The copy 
I received contained a huge book review 
section, plus much on music and the 
theatre. It's obvious that Sojourner is 
not specifically for lesbians, but there is 
some "lesbian visibility" inside the 
pages of this journal. What I could find 
was well-written and demanding^. 

Since I always turn first to the book 
reviews in any paper, you can guess how 
impressed I would be with a paper that 
would consist exclusively of reviews and 
art. I've been saying for a long time that 
Canada needs a good, non-academic 
(but serious), pro-lesbian review jour- 
nal. One such animal finally appeared in 
my mailbox. What can I do but declare 
that The Radical Reviewer is a must for 
every literate lesbian in this country and 
beyond. 

I'm beginning to think that such 
miracles only occur west of the Rockies, 
and I want to publicly congratulate 
Cy-Thea Sand, Barbara Herringer and 
their editorial group in Vancouver for 
putting together such an exciting review 
of women's arts. The Radical Reviewer 
contains poetry; book, film and theatre 
reviews; critical articles; journal excerpts 
and short fiction. It claims to be 
Canada's only radical /feminist book 
review and literary tabloid. While it 
might be redundant to say it is also the 
best, I would say it deserves the support 
and recognition of Canadian lesbians /- 
women for providing us with the kind of 
periodical we've needed for a long 
time.D 

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am a non-smoker who enjoys the outdoors, music 
and theatre, and open to others. Your photo gets 
mine. Drawer D143. 



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 peison. Must be clean and responsible. 
Photo appreciated, discretion assured. Drawer D335. 

DISCREET GAY MALE, 30, seeks others for friend- 
ship or possible relationship. Phone number appreci- 
ated. Drawer D378. 



Calgary 



YOUNG GWM, 24, 6' 160 lbs seeking experienced 
topman to train me in bondage/discipline, 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 
D20I. 

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 D27S. 

WHERE ARE ALL the interesting men in Calgary? 
Attractive professional GWM, 31, brown hair, blue 
eyes, hairy, seeking attractive man who has his act to- 
gether. Our interests include romantic evenings to- 
gether, quiet walks in the country, sports, travel, 
theatre and good conversation. Perhaps we can ex- 
plore some of these interests together. There has to be 
more to life than endless evenings in bars. Drawer 
D354. 



Saskatchewan 



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, 1 hve 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. 



Northern Ontario 



MALE, 50, 6' 175 lbs, masculine, seeks other males 
over 40 for friendship. Varied interests, can travel. 
Sincere and discreet. Drawer D394. 

SUDBURY. MALE, mid-30s seeks friend any race, 
20-35, for casual encounters or possible relationship. 
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. 

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: TVovan. 
Drawer D281. 

ANY GAY MALE seeking companionship and inti- 
macy with no strings attached seeks what I do. I am 
28, trim, friendly and sensual. 1 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. 

32-YEAR-OLD BUSINESSMAN, 5'10" 155 lbs, 
brown/brown, moustache, beard and glasses looking 
for occasional companion. I appreciate the value of 
time. Write outlining your idea of my companion and 
functions agreeable to, in detail, and your value. A 
full-length photo will get prime consideration. Pre- 
ferably from Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Cam- 
bridge area, but all considered. Drawer D379. 

GWM, 39, PROFESSIONAL, TALL, slender. Clas- 
sical music, travel, camping. Well endowed. JO, 
french, not pain, drugs, booze. Straight-looking and 
-acting. Sense of humour. Seeks slim GWM, 28-42 for 
occasional weekends at home or away, free to travel 
July, August. Discretion. Letter, photo appreciated. 
Toronto — Niagara. Drawer D377. 



APRIL 1983 



DISCREET BI, 49, 5'11" 155 lbs, passive greek /oral 
seeks discreet active greek, medium-hung, for no- 
strings-attached get-togethers. Cambridge area. Ex- 
plicit photo and letter if possible. Discretion a must. 
Drawer D376. 

MALE INTERESTED IN boots, leather and motor- 
cycles, seeks friend. Drawer D385. 

MASCULINE GWM, 28, SEEKING younger friend 
to share good times. I'm basically a bottom seeking a 
well-hung (enormous?) top to share a comfortable 
home and future in London. Drawer D400. 

HAMILTON. ATTRACTIVE MID-THIRTIES pro- 
fessional seeks good-looking, well-built younger 
brother, 21-28, for permanent relationship. Drawer 
D389. 

MARRIED MALE, EUROPEAN origin, late 40s, 
slim, average-looking, affectionate, honest and reli- 
able, loves music, table tennis and motorcycling, 
seeks discreet friend, preferable with motorcycle. Box 
572, Concord, ON L4K 1C6. 



LL's Painting & Decorating 

Wallpapering & repairs 

Louis Leveille 255-7518 

2307 Lakeshore Blvd W - Suite 201 
Toronto Ont M8V 1A6 



Toronto 



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. 

GWM, 36, PROFESSIONAL, 190 lbs, 6'5" well- 
endowed seeks young man over 21 into spanking or 
whatever. Discretion assured and requested. Drawer 
DI9I. 

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. 

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. 

BISEXUAL MALE, 40s, CONSIDERED attractive 
and youthful. Would like to meet younger gay or bi- 
sexual guys for understanding times. Discretion a 
must. Photo and phone number appreciated but will 

reply to all resp ondents. Drawer D259. 

ATTRACTIVE GWM, 31, 5'4"110lbs, 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 

M4P 2H2. 

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. 

OLDER INTERESTING PROFESSIONAL male, 
creative, musical, artistic. Looking for companion- 
ship, any age. Free to travel. Photo appreciated but 
not necess ary. Drawer D349. 

MALE, 30, 5'H" 145 lbs, moustache, attractive, ex- 
teacher, would like to hear from wayward pupils, ages 
25-45, over 5'7" interested in receiving corporal pun- 
ishment on hands with leather strap. Photo, phone 
appreciated but will answer all. Sex optional. Drawer 
D350. 



SLAVE SEEKS LEATHER master with thick horse 
meat who will abuse me. Strip me, lay me out chained, 
shave, whip me, torture tits, balls, beat on, piss on, 
fucked, spit on, humiliated. Will serve any demand- 
ing master. No limits, no fantasies. Service you as you 
order, "sir." Write with full orders. Drawer D348. 






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RESPONSIVE GOOD-NATURED MALE would 
like to meet firm disciplinarian having experience in 
using the strap. Would like hearing from tall, mascu- 
line leather types. Discretion requested and assured. 
Drawer D351. 



VIRGIN, 33, WILLING TO learn from bottom up. 
Looking for hairy, masculine guy, educated, non- 
smoker, affectionate, discreet, who likes compa- 
nion-ship. Athlete, bodybuilder or any. I'm 5'4" 141 
lbs. I know you're out there somewhere. Send phone 
number to guarantee response. Drawer D347. 

VISITING TORONTO THIS summer. Love to cor- 
respond with Torontonians before visit. Write to Box 
2901, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4B5. Thanks. 

MUSCLE! ATTRACTIVE MASCULINE body- 
builder, 5'10" 175 lbs, 36, seeks other bodybuilders in- 
to sweat, oil, pecs, wrestling, watersports, leather to 
experiment together. Reply with qualifications. 
Drawer D356. 

ATTRACTIVE AND SEXY masculine GWM, 23 
years, 130 lbs, would like to meet interesting mascu- 
Hne men or couple of any age for good times. Reply 
with phone number; photo appreciated. Discretion 
assured and requested. Drawer D358. 

LOVING COUPLE, mid-twenties, very attractive 
and athletic; seeks other adventurous, handsome pair 
for encounters in good environment. Write to us. 
Drawer D359. 

ARMY BOOTS POLISHED? Khaki serge uniform 
immaculate? WM, mild SM — also like leather, other 
military uniforms, rubber, denim, some bondage. 
Age 49, attractive, full hair, 148 lbs, 5'10" healthy 
non-smoker. Must be clean, discreet. Drawer D36I. 

CHUBBY CHASERS WHERE are you? Sincere 
GWM, 45, 5'H" brown/blue, baby-faced, closeted, 
loves golf, fishing, long walks, music, movies, seeks 
mature man, clean-shaven, little body hair, straight in 
manner, appearance for friendship and possible rela- 
tionship. Photo and phone appreciated but all an- 
swered. Absolute discretion assured and expected. 
Drawer D362. 

WHITE MALE, 40s, MASCULINE, seeks affec- 
tionate, greek passive, black lover. Drawer D088. 



GWM, 29, DARK HAIR/MOUSTACHE, 5'10" 150 
lbs, intelligent, sensitive, affectionate. Looking for 
that certain someone. Drawer D363. 

MALE, 36, VERY SUBMISSIVE, into S/M, B&D, 
WS and boot-licking, digs kinky sex. Always willing 
to please. Drawer D269. 

LOOKING FOR AN experienced, dominant top- 
man, into toys, light S/M, watersports, inventive ass 
work. I am 32, 5'8" 145 lbs, black and attractive. Re- 
cent photo and phone appreciated. Drawer D366. 

DO YOU ENJOY masturbation? Male, 40s, seeks 
friend 30-65, any race, for sharing sensuous, erotic 
pleasure together. Phone number requested. Drawer 
D367. 

GWM, 31, 5'5" brown hair, beard, very attractive, 
professional. Spiritually sick of Toronto's bars. Like 
to meet one very special guy for long-term relation- 
ship. Prefer someone attractive but not conceited, 
non-smoker, non-neurotic, monogamous and orient- 
ed to commitment and growth. Wide range of inter- 
ests, sensitivity and good humour appreciated. If 
your motives are strictly sexual, please do not answer 
this ad. Drawer D369. 



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WHOLESALE INQUIRIES ONLY 

Contact: 

Peter Bochove, Jerry Levy 

or Delroy Douglas 

66 Gerrard St East 

Toronto ON M5B 1G5 

(416) 977-4718 



STUD AVAILABLE. GOOD-LOOKING GWM, 22, 
5'H" 145 lbs, dark features, athletic body is available 
for hot sessions with generous men to 40. You name it, 
we'll do it. JO, sucking, fucking, 69, wresthng, top, 
bottom, denim, leather, B&D. (No S/M, FF). Drawer 
D370. 

EUROPEAN MALE, 31, SLIM, blond, 5'7" sensi- 
tive, intelligent, likes art, clothes, seeks man for 
friendship, possible relationship. Photo and phone 
appreciated. Drawer D371. 



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COUPLE, MALE, QUIET but fun loving, 35 and 37 
sharing life together seek singles or couples to share 
with. Drawer D372. 

SNEAKERS. Young, good-looking, athletic dude 
seeking others turned on by guys in sneakers, Photo 
appreciated but unnecessary. Confidentiality assur- 
ed. Write! Drawer D373. 

BUSINESS-MINDED, PROFESSIONAL GUY, 34, 
6'0" 155 lbs. Attractive, clean-cut, serious, quiet, shy, 
non-smoker. Dislike bars, baths. Seeking similar at- 
tractive, sincere guy, 25-35, to share love and affec- 
tion, maybe more. Let's get to know each other. 
Photo appreciated. Drawer D374. 

WHITE MALE, 30s, 170 lbs, bisexual with a hot ass 
and into B&D. Seek well-hung guy. Willanswer if you 
respond. Drawer D375. 

EFFEMINATE MALE, 28, SEEKS houseboy ap- 
prenticeship to man who wants help at home or work. 
French, greek active, passive or whatever. Not into 
S/M but may accept mild discipline. In return I want a 
relationship, spare time and a chance to cook . Drawer 
D380. 

INTELLIGENT GWM, 20 YEARS, 6'l" 185 lbs 
seeks same for meaningful relationship. Not into bar 
scene, just out of drug scene. Audiophile and music 
lover, I live to share music and happiness. Starving 
student, hate personal ads but need a friend. Photo if 
possible. Drawer D384. 

VERY ATTRACTIVE CHINESE male, 27, cultured 
and successful, seeks romantic involvement with 
handsome and interesting male under 35. Photo ap- 
preciated. Drawer D387. 

ATTRACTIVE MALE, 41, ESTABLISHED profes- 
sional, medium build, seeks young, stable, gay male 
to 30 for friendship and get-togethers. Experience or 
race not important. Photo appreciated but not essen- 
tial. Reply with phone number. Drawer D388. 

WS IN LEVI'S. GWM, blond, 25, 6' 175 lbs, clean 
shaven enjoys drinking beer with same and letting go 
in our Levi's, briefs, etc. I am sincere, affectionate 
and would enjoy hearing from you. Let's get wet to- 
gether. Discretion assured. Drawer D382. 

BLACK MALE WANTED, hopefully he will be slim 
but muscular, dominant but not rough, greek active, 
sports-minded, intelligent, looking for a 39-year-old 
GWM who is attractive, interesting and fun. I am a 
tall, athletic man who is both sensitive and shy. I live 
by myself in north Scarborough and work as an engi- 
neer. Write to me. Take a chance. You won't be sorry. 
Box 2647, Station F, Scarborough, ON MIW 3P2. 

GWM, 29, 5'10" WELL BUILT, intelligent, consider- 
ed very attractive, seeks stable male (22-30) with same 
attributes for possible relationship. Letter with photo 
assures immediate reply. Drawer D383. 

YOUNG 45, LIKES 69, has many afternoons and odd 
evenings to meet friends with the same hkes 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. 

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. 

GWM, 26, 6'4" I901bs, black hair, brown eyes, mous- 
tache, good humour and outlook on life 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. 

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. 

GWM, THEATRE STUDENT, friendship sought. 
Out, open-minded, aesthetic, romantic teddybears 
write: R D Murphy, Box 1178, Station F, Toronto, ON 
M4Y 2T8. 

MIDDLE-AGED, WHITE, MATURED male. Want 

to meet matured, quiet, discreet male for friendship 
and to put it right to me. No discrimination against 
age, race, colour or creed. 1-416-699-5038. Phone 
anytime. 

HOT YOUNG MASTER wanted by attractive slave, 
GWM, 37, 6' 155 lbs, into anything and everything. 
Beginners OK. No clones. Drawer D391. 

DO WE MATCH? Me: 5'8" 140 lbs, 28, goodaverage 
build, brown hair, blue eyes, moustache, good-look- 
ing, sincere, honest, reliable, mature, affectionate, 
seek long-term relationship after friendship, non- 
smoker, enjoy the sun, swimming, tennis, outdoors, 
travel, food and wine, finer things in life. You: late 20s 
or 30s, average trim build, moustache or beard, hairy, 
masculine, handsome, considerate, caring, enjoy sex 
but more so companionship, like bars periodically, 
professional, stable, non-smoker. Toronto /Niagara 
please. Photo appreciated, discretion assured. Draw- 
er D393. 

ATTRACTIVE, MASCULINE GWM, 34, slim, 
5'll" brown hair, clean shaven, visits Toronto regu- 



larly, wishes to meet other masculine male, slim, rea- 
sonably good-looking for friendship. Ages 25-38. In- 
terests dancing, cards, outdoors, light social drinker. 
No drugs, S/M, kinky stuff or hustlers, just ordinary 
guy, neat and clean. This is my first ad and my last. 
Have been to a few of the gay bars and restaurants but 
very nervous about relationships there. Sex not the 
first criterion in relationship. Drawer D396. 

GWM, PROFESSIONAL, 29, 5'2" SLIM, consider- 
ed very attractive, mascuUne, stable, well endowed, 
would Uke to meet same 30-45 to 5' 10" for get- 
togethers, possible relationship. Am greek passive 
but versatile. Enjoy theatre, good food, good wine. 
Drawer D399. 



Piano Tuning & Repair 

April showers bring May flowers. They also bring an 
oul-of-tune piano because of the humidity change. So 
have it tuned and be ready for the Songs of Spring. 

lames Tennyson. 

333 Clinton SI, Toronto. 533-9804. 



BONDAGE SLAVE, EARLY 30s, seeks tops 
(greek /french). You needn't be "attractive" (I'm 
not), but should be shm (I am). Drawer D40I. 

JOCKEY SHORTS, FANTASY scenes, JO, hot talk. 
Male, 30, 6' 155 lbs, seeks horny show-offs into white 
cotton underwear. Pen pals, photos, phone and in- 
person. Drawer D390. 

OPENLY GAY WRITER, early 30s, seeks compat- 
ibles (friends, tricks, etc). Age/looks unirtjportant. 
Me: artistic, intelligent, political, anti-bar, honest, 
slim, masculine (but no cute coverboy!), greek pas- 
sive/versatile. Bondage OK, but no WS, heavy S/M. 
Drawer D403. 

EUROPEAN HANDSOME YOUNG man, 23, art- 
class-model type, intelligent and cultured, would like 
to meet older, heavy-type, masculine male who enjoys 
to play the active role but the finer things after possi- 
ble friendship with serious one. 60 Mansfield, Toron- 
to, ON M6J 2B2. 

RESPONSIVE GUY, 30s, attractive, 5'll" 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. 

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. 

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. 



Gardens by 
Alex Wilson & Stephen Andrews 

469-3223 368-6907 




Nothing but weeds out back? A garden is a 
cool place to relax and entertain in the sum- 
mer. It's alsoa good investment. Springis the 
time for a professional start on yourgarden. 



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. 

MASCULINE MALE, 30, sincere, discreet, domi- 
nant, seeks young masculine male for friendship and 
mild discipline. Box 22, Oshawa, ON LIH 7K8. 

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 EXECUTIVE, 39, ATTRACTIVE, mascu- 
line, WASP, looking for an intelligent, attractive, 
masculine male to care about. All replies answered. 
Jason. Drawer D340. 

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. 

VERY ATTRACTIVE GWM, 32, 6'1" 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. 



42/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



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. 

MASTER, 32, ATTRACTIVE, seeks attractive, un- 
inhibited slave under 35 for long-term relationship. 
Photo, phone and descriptive letter. Drawer D293. 



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. 

GWM, 5'6" 140 lbs, 42, professional, into competi- 
tive winter and summer amateur sport, music, books, 
cooking, etc seeks intelligent, discreet companion 23 
to 45 with similar tastes, Montreal-Toronto corridor, 
who would consider long-term possibilities. Photo 
and letter please. Drawer D357. 

NEW TO OTTAWA. Young, good-looking, muscu- 
lar gay, 20s, seeks others with good bodies in teens or 
20s for get-togethers. Am discreet and can provide 
place. Photo required. Drawer D355. 

DISCREET MALE, 6' 21, 150 lbs, attractive. Inter- 
ests: art, business, plants, antiques, countryside, fit 
ness. Looking for a long-term relationship. Promis- 
cuous type need not apply. Drawer D404. 



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 



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. 



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. 

CITY MOUSE EMERGING as rural gay; the closet 
inhibits — any country gays in Nova Scotia? Any net- 
working? Hazelton, 2125 Brunswick, Halifax, NS 
B3K 2Y4. 



Planning, research & design 

With degrees in Environmental Design and 
Architecture, six years' experience in facilities 
planning, research and design, I can assist with 
your small-scale residential and commercial 
renovations and additions. 



Cordon K. Stone, B.E.D., B. Arch., Consultant 
Box 424, Stn F, Toronto M4Y 218 924-9061 



Homes 



Brantford 



BEAUTIFUL 15-ROOM HOUSE. Share with GM 
couple. Furnished or unfurnished bedsitting room, 
bath. Laundry, microwave, dishwasher, weightroom, 
fireplace, cable, parking, patio, large private lot. 
Rent negotiable. Non-smoker? Drawer D398. 



Georgetown 



SHARE APARTMENT WITH white male over thir- 
ty under fifty must be discreet. Quiet residence. 
Georgetown, ON. Send particulars. Drawer D353. 



Toronto 



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 I or 
April I. David 962-0884. 

GAY MALE, 29. ARRIVING Toronto in late June to 
do post-grad work at U of T seeks accommodation: 
very small flat or shared house, own room, with gay 
people. Non-smoker. Drawer D352. 

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, dishwasher, cleaning woman, use of screened 
verandah. On a quiet street , 3 minutes away from sub- 
way. Call 920-7513 from II am to 10 pm. 

YOUNG CLEAN-LIVING STUDENT seeks reason- 
ablc accomodation in downtown area from May to 
September. Drawer D38I. 



CABBAGETOWN. RENOVATED 1-BEDROOM 

basement, carpeted, full kitchen, ample closets, 
queen bed, cable and TV, fully furnished. Single or 
couple. $490 first and last. 924-0863. 

FURNISHED ROOM IN renovated Cabbagetown 
home. Carpeted, cook in room, share bathroom. 
Friendly, mixed house. $110/2 weeks, first and last. 
924-0863. 

GAY ROOMMATE MATCHING service. Discreet 
and confidential. 12 noon - 8 pm. Monday - Satur- 
day. Roommate Selectors, 977-0774. 

TOWNHOUSE TO SHARE, central, own room, 
partly furnished. Offered by gay father, part-time 
custody of one child. Non-smoker. Short-term ar- 
rangements considered. Available May I. $265. Tom 
967-0430. 

RIVERDALE. SHARE RENOVATED house and 
garden with one other male for June, July, August. 
Own bedroom. Half block to Queen streetcar. 
$235 /month negotiable. 466-0772. 

FOR RENT; COMPLETELY renovated 2-bedroom 
and large rec room. 11/2 bathroom, parking, garden. 
Berkeley/Shuter house. $600 plus utilities/month. 
368-1069. 

INTERNATIONAL DESIGNER HAS 2 1-bedroom 
condominium apartments downtown for sale. Can be 
duplexed or sold individually. Prepared to provide 
design background. Some carpeting, and window 
blinds to suit. Call 961-6211, 9 - 5:30. 

BERKELEY/SHUTER AREA. $66,900 forced sale. 
Renovated six-room house. Backyard. Parking. As- 
sumable mortgage $34,000. 368-1069. 

SEEKING YOUNG LESBIAN, stable but zany, for 
pleasant, south Riverdale, mixed gay house for May 1 
or sooner. $275/month plus food. 461-9188. 



Oshawa 



MALE, 27, CLEAN, QUIET, non-smoker, college 
grad seeks small apartment or shared accomodation 
from June 1 . Durham College area preferred. Drawer 
D392. 



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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 
02115, 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. 

FREE. ONE OR two week vacation in Maritimes 
June, July, or August. GWM, youthful 60, will pro- 
vide transportation and expenses from Montreal or 
Maritime area for clean-shaven GM under 35. Photo 
required (returned). All answered. Write Eric, Draw- 
er D346. 

BEGIN YOUR VACATION in Brighton, England's 
gay summer resort. Only twenty minutes Gatwick, 
one hour London . A warm welcome awaits with Bud- 
dies Hotel, 8 Pool Valley, Brighton. (0273) 727689. 
Booking facilities available for your further travel 
needs. 

PROVINCETOWN. FREE DIRECTORY for gay 
tourists. Write PBG, Box 421P, Provincetown, MA 
02657, USA. 

GWM, 33, 5'6" 155 lbs, seeking a travelling compa- 
nion to Ottawa, June 10 - 18. Prefer a young male, 
21-30 who's easy-going and has a sense of humour 
(male must be blue-jean type and well-built). Going 
by airline. Please reply soon. Drawer D395. 

MONTSERRAT, W I. Come and enjoy our unspoil- 
ed island. Loblolly Villa offers simple luxury, over- 
looking the Caribbean Sea. Minutes from the beach 
and all other activities, we offer moderately priced 
rooms, pool, and tantalizing meals. Call or write: 
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9l 

NATIONAL/ BINATIONAL 

Alcoholics Anonymous. International A dvisory Council lor Homo- 
sexual Men ana Women. Box 492. Village Sin. New York. NY 
100U 

ZAtlantic Lesbian and Gay Association/Association des Lesbi- 
ennes et des gales de t'Atlantique, conlact GAE (Halifax), FLAG 
(Fredenclonl or Nontiern Lambda Nord (Western NB). 
ZCanadian Gay Archives. Box 639. Sin A. Toronto. ON M5W IG2 
(416) 977-6320. 

~ Dignity/ Ctntda/Dignrti. Box 1912. Winnipeg. MBBSC 3B2 
1204) 772-4322 

' .Foundation lor the Advancement ol Canadian Transsexuals. Box 
291. Sin A. Hamilton. ON LBN 308 (416)529-7884. Central: Box 
2666. Winnipeg. MBB3C 483 SW Ontario: Ms R M Schwartzen- 
truber. 21 Cherry Si. Kitchener. ON N2C 2C5 576-5248 
"Integrity (Gay Anglicans and their Friends), Canadian regional 
represenialive. c/o Integrity/Edmonton 
Z.lnlenutioaal Gay Association. Secretariat. c/oCHLH. Box931. 
Dublin 4. Ireland international Lesbian tnlormalion Secretarial. 
NVIH-COC. Frederiksplem 14. 1017 XM. Amsterdam. Nether- 
lands: ph 234596/23 1 192 Internalional Co-ordination i Inlorma- 
tion Centre on Religion. Box 1. Cork, Ireland: ph: 021-505394 
'2Ligo de Samseksama) GeesperanUstoj, gay Esperanto organiza- 
tion. lOOCrerarAve. Ottawa. 0NK1Z 7P2 
ZMew Democratic Party Gay Caucus. Box 792. Sin F. Toronto. ON 
U4Y 2N7 

'ZSecOon on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Psychology, c/o Canadian 
Psychological Association. 558 King Edward Ave. Ottawa. ON 
KIN 7N6 
Z.Wtmens Archives, Box 928. Stn 0, Toronto, 0NM4T2PI 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Provincial 

L Gays and Lesbians in the United Church In BC. Box 46586, Stn 
G. Vancouver V6P 4G8 (604) 734-5355 Support group and edu- 
cational resources 
ZZRaral Lesbian Association. RR I, Ruskin, BC VON IRO 

Kamloops 

Thompson Area Gay Group. Box 3343. V2C 6B9 welcomes 

women and men to regular meetings, discussions, social events 
Into, newsletter, peer support, friendship 

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 Crisis Centre 



Port Hardy 



Honh Island Gay and Lesbian Support and Inlormation Group. 
PO Box 482. V0N2P0 



Prince Rupert 



Gay People ol Pnnce Rupert. Box88l. V8J3Y1. 
(604) 624-4982 (eve) 

Revelstoke 

Lothtonen Box 2054. VOE 2S0 Into, Inendship. hospilalily 

Terrace 

CMorthem Lesbians RR2. Box 50. Usk Store. V8G3Z9 

Vancouver 

^Alcoholics Anonymous (Gay). 733-4590 (men). 929-2585 
(women) 

ZArchives Collective Box 3130. MPO, V6B 3X6 
ZBisexual Women s Group Monthly meetings. Write Crystal, 
3085 Charles St. V5K 3B6. or all Georgia at (604) 874-1756 or 
Joyce at 251 -6090 

IComing Out (Gay Radio), c/o \fyncouver Cooperative Radio. 337 
Carralt Si. V6B 2J4 Thurs at 6 30 pm. 102 7 MHz Ff.' 



DCongregation Sha'ar Hayam. Jewish gay synagogue. Box 

69406. V5K 4W6. (604) 255-1076. 

DDaughters Unlimited. Joyce (604) 251-6090, orElisa. Doris or 

Christine (604) 254-7044. (Plans to open a women s club. ) 

ODignily/ Vancouver. Box 3016. V6B3X5. (604)684-7810. 

CiGay and Lesbian Caucus ol the BC NOP, (604) 669-5434 

UGayblevision. TV show by gay people aboul gay life, cultureand 

art. Regular monthly and special programmes. 837 Bidwell St. 

V6G2J7 (604)689-5661. 

OGay/Lesbian Law Association, Faculty ol Law, University of 

British Columbia. Vancouver. 

OGay and Lesbian People ol Simon Fraser University, c/o SFU 

Student Society. Simon Fraser University. Burnaby V5A tS6. 

(604) 291-3181 or 291-4539. 

OGay Festival Society. Box 34397. Stn D. V6J 4P3. (604) 

687-7129. 

UGay/Lesblan Law Association, c/o Law Students Assoc. Faculty 

of Law. UofBC. V6T 1W5. (604)228-4638 

DGay Rights Union, Box 3130. MPO. V6B 3X6. (604) 731-9605. 

OGays and Lesbians ol UBC, Box 9, Student Union BIdg, U of 

British Columbia, V6T 1W5. (604) 228-4638. Meets Thurs al 

12:30 pm (see "The Ubyssey" for room). 

aintegrity: Gay Anglicans and their Mends. Box 34161. Sin D, 

V6J4N1. (604) 873-2925. 

OKnights ol Malta. Dogwood Chapter Society, Box 336-810 West 

Broadway. V5Z 1J8. 

OLambda (Gay Al-Anon). Joe at (604) 689-7681 or Mike al 

327-8423 

OLegal Advice Clinic. 1244 Seymour St (VGCC). Mon, 7:30pm. 

Free advice and referrals. 

OLesblan and Feminist Mothers ' Political Action Group. Box 

65804. Stn F. V5N 5L3. (604) 251-6090 

OLesbian and Gay Health Sciences Association, c/o Gay People >•'. 

UBC. Box 9. Student Union BIdg. UBC. V6T 1W5. 

OLesbian Drop-In, 322 W Hastings, every Wed, 7:30 pm. 

(604) 684-0523 

OLesbian Inlormation Une, (604) 734-1016 Thurs. Sun. 

7-10 pm 

OLesbian Mothers ' Delense Fund, c/o 1 146 Commercial Or, 

V5L 3X2 (604) 251-5034 Potluck brunches last Sun of month. 

OThe Lesbian Show. Co-op Radio. 337 Carrall SI, V6B 2J4. 

102 7 MHz FM. Thurs. 7:30 pm. 

OMetropoinan Community ihurch. Box 5178. V6B 4B2 (604) 

681-8525 Services Sun. 7:30pm. al 1811 West 16thAve(at 

Burrard) 

OParents and Friends ol Gays, (604) 987-6027 or 988-7786 

DRIghts ol Lesbians. (Subcommittee of Federation of Women). 

Box 24687 Stn C. V5T 4E6 

ORob Joyce Legal Delense Fund, c/o Gay Rights Union. 

OSEARCH. c/o VGCC Info and counselling (604) 689-1039. 

7-10 pm 

OSherwood Forest, non-prolit gay introduction service. 

(604)251-2789 

OVancouver VD Clinic. Rm 100, 828 W 10th Ave (near Gen Hosp) 

(604) 874-2331. Exi 220 

Vancouver Gay Community Centre. 1244 Seymour St: Box 2259. 
MPO. V6B 3W2 (604) 684-6869 Services, programs, magazine 
f .Vancouver Men s Chorus. Box 48383. Benlall Centre. V7X 1AI 
Ron al (604) 985-5808 or Larry at (604) 669-6249 
OWomen In Focus. 204-456 W Broadway V5Y 1R3 
(604) 872-2250 

OYoung Gay People, c/o SEARCH 

OYounger Lesbian Drop-In every Tues. 7-9 pm. at Vl/omen's Book- 
store. 322 W Hastings. 
Jodiac Fraternal Society. Box 33872, Sin 0, V6J 4L6. 

Vernon 

OTo contact the local group, write RR 6, Site 17, Comp 19. 
V1T6Y5 

Victoria 

^Alcoholics Anonymous (Gay) (604) 383-9862 
OFeminist Lesbian Action Group. Box 1604. SinE. V8W 2X7 
Gay Men s Group. 26 12 Victor St. V8R 1N3. (604) 595-6782. 



uThe Island Gay Community Centre Society. 1318 Balmoral Rd, 

V8R1L7 GayCafiat 1923 Fernwood every Thurs till midnight, and 

bowling, self-defence classes, volleyball and swimming. 

ONeed (Victoria Crisis Line). (604) 383-6323. 24 hrs. Some gay 

info available. 

aUniversity ol Victoria Gay Focus Club, Student Union BIdg, U of 

Victoria. Box 1700. V8W 2Y2. 

awomyn's Coffee House, 1923 Fernwood. Every Wed evening. 

ALBERTA 

Provincial 

OAlberta Lesbian and Gay Rights Association (ALGRA). Box 1852, 
Edmonton T5J 2P2. 



Calgary 

aCamp 181 Association. Box 965. Stn I T2H 2H4. Dances, 
campouls. sports and other activities lor lesbians and gays. 
DCalgary Lambda Centre Society. Box 357 Stn M. T2P 2H9. 
aCalgary Gay Fathers. Contact GIRO for into. 
ODignity/ Calgary. Box 1492. Stn T, T2H 2H7 
OFrontrunners Group (gayAA). Box 181. Stn M. T2P 2M7. 
OGay Fathers Info: contact GIRO. Potluck first Sun ol Ihe month. 
OGay Information and Resources Calgary. Old Y BIdg. Sles 
317-323. 223 12AveSW. T2P 0G9 (403)234-8973. Infoand 
counselling Mon-Fri. 7-10 pm. Dances, discussion groups, news- 
letter, gay rights action. Mite: Box 2715. Sin M. T2P 3C1 
OGay Leisure Link. Non-challenging, non-sexual social organiza- 
tion. Box 1812. Stn M, T2P2L8. 

OGay Political Action Committee, c/o Box 2943, Stn M, T2P 3C3. 
Education and lobbying. 

Olmperlal Court ol the Chinook Arch, (403) 282-6393. Entertain- 
ments and social events. 

OIntegrity (Gay Anglicans and their Friends). c/oBox34. StnG. 
T3A 2G1 

OLambda Centre, community centre project. Box 357 Stn M. 
T2P 2H9 

OLesbian Inlormation Line. (403) 265-9458. Tues-Fri. 8- 10pm. 
with 24 hr answering service. Operated by Womyn 's Collective. 
OLesbian Mothers. Lynn al (403) 264-6328 or 275-8362. or call 
LIL Polluck first Sun of each month 
OLesbian Outreach and Support Team, Box 6093, Stn A, 
T2H 2L4. (403) 281-2895. 

OLesblans and Gays at University ol Calgary, Students Club, 
MacEwan Hall, Uol Calgary, T2N IN4. 
OMetropolltan Community Church. 204-16 Ave, NW, T2M 0H4. 
(403) 277-4004. Services Sun 1 1:30 am and 7 pm al above 
address. 

ORight To Privacy Committee. Box 2943. Sin M. T2P 3C3 Info on 
gays and Ihe law. legal referrals. 

OWomyn's Collective. (403)265-9458. Dances, library, lesbian 
drop-ins every Tues. Sponsors LIL. 

Edmonton 

ODignity Edmonton Digniti. Box 53. T5B 2B7 
OCdmonton Roughnecks Recreation Association, c/o GATE. Vol- 
leyball. solWall. gymnastics 

OGay Alliance Toward Equality. Box 1852. T5J 2P2 Office: 
10173104 SI. (403) 424-8361. Infoand counselling. Mon-Sal. 
710 pm. Sun 2-5 pm. Also coffeehouses, socials, newsletter, 
resource library. 

OGay Fathers i Lesbian Mothers For info call (403) 424-8361 
Olnter/Ed. Box 12G. 9820-104 St. T5K 0/1. (403) 421-7629 
(Jim). 

{ 'Integrity (Gay Anglicans and Their Friends), c/o 12G, 9820-104 
St. T5K0Z1 (403)421-7629 

r Metropolitan Community Church ol Edmonton. Box 1312. 
T5J 2M8 (403)482-4213. Worship Sun at 7:30 pm. Unitarian 
Church. 12530- 1 10 Ave. 
[ Privacy Detence Committee, c/o Box 1852. T5J 2P2 



aWomonspace. No 7. 8406- 104 St. T6E 4G2 (403) 433-3559 
(Jeanne) Social <S recreational group for lesbians 

Red Deer 

OGay Association of Red Deer. Box 356. T4N 5E9 

SASKATCHEWAN 

Provincial 

Affirm/Saskatchewan, lesbians and gays in the United Church. 
422 Smallwood Ores. Saskatoon. S7L 4S4. 
ODignity/ Saskatchewan (gay Catholics and friends). Box 3181, 
Regina S4P 3G7 

OGay Rights Subcommittee, Saskatchewan Association lor Human 
Rights, 305-1 16 3rd Ave S. Saskatoon. S7K 1L5. 
(306) 244-1933. 
OWest Central Gays. Box 7508, Saskatoon. SK 27K 4L4. 

Prince Albert 

OPrince Albert Gay Community Centre (The Zodiac Club). Box 
1893. S6V 6J9 1-24 10th St. E. (306)922-4650. Phone line Wed- 
Thurs. 8-10 pm. social evenings Fri-Sal, 10 pm -2 am. 

Regina 

ORumours (gay community centre), 2069 Broad SI (back en- 
trance). (306) 522-7343. 

ORegina Women s Community and Rape Crisis Centre 219-1810 
Smith St. S4P 2N3. (306) 522-2777. 352-7688 

Saskatoon 

OGay & Lesbian Support Services. 217-1163rdAveS. Operates 
Gayline. Mailing address: Box 8581. 
OGay/Lesbian Community Centre. Box 1662. S7K 3R8. Phone 
Gayline for info on dance and special event locations and dales. 
OGaytine. (306)665-9129. Mon-Thurs. 7:30-10:30pm. Counsel- 
ling, support groups available. 
OLutherans Concerned, Box8187 S7K 6C5. 
DStubble 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 of Brandon. Box 492. R7A 5Z4. (204) 727-4046. 



Portage-la-Prairie 



OBi-Womens Support Group, Box 820. R1N 3C3. 
(204) 857-5295. For bisexual women. 



Thompson 



OGay Friends ol Thompson, Box 151 R8N 1N2. (204) 677-5833 
(8-10 pm. Tues and Thurs). 



Winnipeg 



OAllirm: Gays and Lesbians ol the United Church. 453-3984 
(Eric) or 452-2853 (Dave). 

OCouncil on Homosexuality and Religion. Box 1912. R3C 3R2. 
(204) 269-8678. 772-8215. Worship, counselling, library. 
ODignity/Winnipeg. Box 1912. R3C3R2. 
OGay AA New Freedom Group. Box2481, or contact through Man- 
itoba Central Office. (204) 233-3508. 
OGayAIAnon Group Info: Gays for Equality. 
OGay Community Centre. 277 Sherbrooke St. (204) 786-1236. In- 
corporating Giovanni 's Room, a cat6 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 21 UMSU, U ol Manitoba, R3T 2N2. 
(204) 269-8678. Offices at Community Centre and UofM (Rm 
102S. Univ Centre). Counselling, info, rap sessions, public educa- 
tion and law reform. Lesbian counsellors on Tues evenings. 
OLesbian Drop-In. Thurs, 7-10 pm at 730 Alexander Ave. Enter- 
tainment & coffee. 

OLesbian 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. Box 2221, R3C 3R5. Variety of 
social, cultural and educational aclivilies. 
OProlecl Lambda, Inc. gay community services, Box3911. StnB, 
R2W5H9 (204) 942-1983. 

OWinnipeg Gay Media Collective. Box 27 UMSU. U of Manitoba, 
R3T 2N2. (204) 269-8678 Produces ' Xoming Out, ' ' weekly half- 
hour cable cast (Thurs, II pm, Channel 13W) 
OWinnipeg Gay Youth, c/o GFE 
OUniversity ol Winnipeg Gay Students Association. Info: 
(204) 269-8678 
OYoursell. Box 2790, R3C 3R5. For bisexual men and women. 

ONTARIO 

Provincial 

OCoalilion lor Gay Rights In Ontario, Box 822, Sin A, Toronto 
M5W 1G3 (416)533-6824. 

Cambridge 

OWani 10 start a group'' Please write Box 1496, N1R 7G7. 

Ear Falls/ Red Lake Area 

aCar Falls Gays, Box487, EarFalls. POVITO (807)222-2185 

Georgetovi/n 

OGeorgetown Gay Friends. Box 223. L7G 4T1 (416)877-0228. 
OHomophiles olHalton Hills. 35 Lynden Circle. L7G 4Y7 (416) 
877-5524 Drop-ins every Wed. 



Guelph 



OGuelph Gay Equality. Box 773. NIH 6L8. Gayline: 
(519) 836-4550. 24 hrs. 

Hamilton 

L Alcoholics Anonymous (Gay), meets Sal al 8 pm at 15 Queen St 
S (side entrance) 

[ JGay Archives/ History Project lor Hamilton-Wentworth (416) 
639-6050 Looking for photos, clippings, personal accounts of gay 
life and liberation in Hamilton, especially pre- 1979 



44/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



DGay Fathers of Hamilton. Support, advice. I\4eels twice a montti . 
Call Gayline lor into. 

OGayline Hamilton, into on all groups and activities, peer counsel- 
ling. (416) 523-7055 Wed-Frl. 7- 1 1 pm. 
DGay Women 's Collective, c/o Gayline. tvleets 2nd Mon ol month. 
OHamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS), a meeting ol men and 
women, young and old. with discussions and speakers, tfeels on 
alternate Weds. Gay Community Centre. Suite 207 41 King William 
Si, 7:30 pm. Call Gayline lor lurther Into. 
OAddrass lor all Hamilton groups listed above: Box 44. Sin B. 
L8L 7T5. 

OMetropolitan Community Church. Box344. Sin A. L8N 3C8. 
Service every Sun:. 2:30 pm. 2nd lloor sanctuary. First Place. 
350 King St E. 



Kingston 



OQueen's Homophile Association. 51 Queen's Crescent. Queen's 
University K7L 2S7 (613) 547-2836. Mon-Fri. 7-9 pm. Drop-in 
Thurs nights, monthly dances. 

aSappho-Wilde House. 1 Aberdeen St. K7L 3IVI9. Gay and lesbian 
co-op. provides space lor artistic, social and political activities. 

Kitchener/Waterloo 

OGay Liberation ol Waterloo, c/o Federation ol Students, U ol 
Waterloo. WaterlooN2L 3G1 (519)884-GL0W. Coffeehouse every 
Wed at 8:30 pm. Campus CIr rm 1 10. 
DGay News and Views, radio programme. Tues. 6-8 pm, CKMS- 
FM, 94.5 MHz, 105. 7 MHz on Grand River Cable. 200 University 
AveW.(5l9)886-CKMS. 
DGays ol Wilfrid Laurier University, c/o GLOW. 
ai/2 A 1/2 Club. 223 1/2 King St (enter from Halls Lane). 
(519) 742-9987 Private disco club, licensed. Thurs-Sat. 8 pm- 
3 am. 

ainternationalWimen's Day Committee. Box1491. StnC. Kit- 
chener. N2G 4P2. 

DKitchener-Waterioo Gay Media Collective. Box 2741, SInB, Kit- 
chener, N2H 6H3. (519)579-3325. 

DLeaping Lesbians, radio programme. Thurs. 6 to 8 pm. CKMS- 
FM. 94 5MHz, 105.7 MHz cable. Writec/oLQOK. 
DLesbian Organization ol Kitchener. Box 2422. Sin B. Kitchener 
N2H 6M3. (519) 744-4863 Womyns coffeehouse first Thurs ol 
month at 85 Highland Rd W. Kitchener 

London 

DGay Youth London, c/o HALO. Meets Thurs at 7 pm. 2nd lloor. 

649 Colborne St (519) 433-3762. 

OGayline. (519) 679-6423. Info 24 hrs/day. Peer counselling Mon 

and Thurs. 7-10 pm. 

DHomophile Association of London. Ontario (HALO), 649 Colborne 

St. N6A 312. (519) 433-3762. Coffee House: Sun and Mon. 

7-10 pm Disco/Bar: FriandSal. 9 pm -1:30 am. 

OMetropolitan Community Church. Box 4724. Stn 0. N5W 5L7 

Services Sun. 7:30 pm at Unitarian Church. 29 Victoria SI W. north 

entrance to Gibbons Park. Into: Worship Coordinator, 

(519) 433-9939 Rides: (519) 432-9690. 



Mississauga/ Brampton 



DGEM: Gay Community Outreach, Box 62. Brampton L6V 2K7 
OGayline West, (416) 453-GGCO. Peer counselling. 
OParents of Gays Mississauga. c/o Anne Rutledge. 3323 Kings 
Mastings Cres. L5L 1G5. (416)820-5130. 

Niagara Region 

OGayline. (416) 354-3173. 

OGay Unity Niagara, Box 692, Niagara Fails L2E 6V5. 

OGay Trails, lor lesbians and gay men who enjoy hiking. Day and 

overnlghl trips planned. Visitors welcome . Write Gay Trails. Box 

1053. MPO. St Catharines, L2R7A3, or call (416) 685-6431 

belore 9 am. 



North Bay 



DCaring Homosexuals Association ol North Bay, Box 649. 
Callander POH 1H0. (705)472-0909. 

Ottawa 

ODignity/Otlawa/Oignlti. Box 2102. StnD, K1P5W3. 
DGay People at Carieton. c/o CUSA. Carlelon University For more 
tnlo. call (613) 238-1717 

DGays ol Ottawa/Gals defOutaouais. Box 2919. 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: Sat: women 's 
night. 7:30 pm ■ 1 am: Sun: AA Live & Let Live group. 8 pm. Gay- 
line: (613) 238-1717 Mon-Fri 7:30 -10:30 pm, recording other 
times Oflice (613)233-0152 

DGay Youth Ottawa/ Hull/ Jeunesse Gai(e) d'Ottawa/Hull. For into 
call or write Gays ol Ottawa. Meeting/drop-in. Wed 8 pm, 
175 Lisgar St. 

OIntegrity/ Ottawa, (gay Anglicans and their friends) c/o St 
George's Anglican Church. 152 Metcalfe SI. K2P 1N9 
(613) 235-2516. 9-5. Mon-Fri. Meets 2nd and 4th Weds at 
7:30 pm. at St George's 

OLesbiennes et gals du campus/ Lesbians and Gays on Campus, 
c/o SFUO. 85 rue Hasley Street. KIN 6N5 
OLive and Let Live Group lor gay alcoholics. ConlacI GO. 
DMetropolitan Community Church. Box 2979. Stn D.K1P5W9 
(613)2320241 
OParents of Gays. Box 9094. K1G 3Ta. 



Peterborougti 



: Gays and Lesbians at Trent and Peterborough. 262 Rubidge St. 
K9J3P2 (705)742-6229 Ollice hours: 7:30-10 pm. Tues-Thurs 
Gay Alcoholics Anonymous meets (closed group) Tues at2 pm 



Ttiunder Bay 



UNorthern Women's Centre. 3l6BaySl. P7B ISt 

(807) 345-7802 

DGays ol Thunder Bay. Box2l55. P7B 5EB (807)345-8011. 
WedandFri 7 30-9 30pm. Recording other limes Meets Tues 
Dances held monthly 

Toronto 

For inlormallon on groups In Toronto, check Out In Th$ City 

Windsor 

[ \Gty/Letblan Inlormttkin Line, Box 7002. Sandwich Postal Stn. 

N9C3YC (519)973 4951 

DInligrity. (gay/lesbian Anglicans), c/o Box 7002. Sandwich 

Postal Sin. N9C 3Y6 (519 j 973 4951 

DLetbltn and Gay Students on Campus, c/o Students ' Activities 

Council. Uol Windsor (519)973-4951 Rap sessions weekly 

OLitbltn/Giy Youth Group, c/o Box 7002, Sandwich Postal Sin. 

N9C3Y6 (519)973-4951 



QUEBEC 

Charievoix 

OAssociation pour les droits des gais de Charievoix. CP 724. Cler- 
mont. GOT ICO (418)439-2080. 

Hull 

OAssociation gale de I' ouest guebicois. CP 1215. succ B, 
J8X 3X7(819)778-1737 

Lennoxville 

OGay students' Alliance, Box631. Bishop's University/ 
Champlain Regional College. JIM IZ7 (819)563-2230. 

Montreal 

DAHirmer. CP471. succ La Cili. H2N 2N9. Gays in the United 
Church. 

OAide aux transsexuels due Quibec, CP363. succ C. H2J 4K3. 
(514)521-9302. 

OAime-toi(AA). 6518. rue Sl-Vallier. H2S 2P7 (514)524-5821. 
For gay and lesbian alcoholics. 
OAlpha Kira Fraternity, c/o Gay Into. 

DAIternatives. 3440 chemin de la Cole-des-Neiges. H2J 1L2. For 
gay male drug abusers. 

OAssociation communautaire homosexuelle del'UniversiU de 
Montreal, pavilion Lionel-Groulx, 3200 Jean-Briliant, local 1267, 
H3T 1N8. (514) 342-9236 (Jean-Pierre). 
OAssociation pour les droits des gais et tesbiennes du Ouibec 
(AOGLO), CP36, succ C. H2L 4J7 Bureau: 263 est rue Sle- 
Calherlne. (514)843-8671 Mon-Fri. 7:30-10 pm. Fri. 1-4 pm. 
OAssociation pour les bonnes gens sourdes, CP 764, succ R, 
H2J 3M4. 

OAtelierdethiitregai. CigepRosemonl. 6400 t6eAve. local 
A-418 (Michel Breton). 

DThe Capables, Box 966, succ H. H3G 2M9 (514) 486-4404. 
Support group lor bisexual men. 
Die Collectil du triangle rose, c/o Librairie i 'Androgyne. 
OComiti d'auto-dilense gai, c/oADGLQ. 
DCom/W gai-e du Cigep du Vieux-Montreal, 255 est, Ontario, 
H2X3M8 Mon, 6 pm. 

OComiti de soutien aux accusis de Truxx. a/s Librarle L 'Andro- 
gyne (see below). 

OCommunaut^ homophile chritienne. Centre Newman. 3484 rue 
Peel.H3A 1W8 (514) 382-8467. For Catholics. 
aContact-t-nous. (514)861-6753. Venereal disease treatment. 
aCdte i Cote, gay couples group, c/o Gay Into. 
DCoteiCote. Radio cenlre-ville CINQ (102.3 FM). (514) 
288-1601. Mon. 4 pm. 

ODignity Montrial Digniti, Centre Newman , 3484 rue Peel. 
H3A 1W8. (514)392-6711. For gay catholics. 
DDignity/Digniti Groupe Cartleniille. (514) 336-4163 (Jean- 
FranQois) 

DEditions Homeureux, CP245. succ N. H2X 3M4. 
DEglise Communautaire de Montrial. Montreal Community 
Church. CP510. succNDG, H4A 3RI. (514)489-7845. 
OFidiration canadienne des transsexuels pour le Quibec. 16 rue 
Viau. VaudreuiiJ7V 1A7 

DFemmes gales de McGill. 3480, rue McTavish. H3A 1X9. (514) 
392-8920. 

aGal-icoute(hommes). (514)843-5652. Wed-Sat. 7-11 pm. 
DGay Fathers of Montreal, c/o Gay info. 
DGay Health Clinic. Montreal Youth Clinic/Clinique des Jeunes de 
Montrial. 3465 Peel Street. H3A 1X1. (514)842-8576. General 
practice. Mon-Fri. 9-5 pm: open until 8 pm Mon & Fri only Closed 
daily 12:30-1 :30 pm. 

OGay Info. CP1164, succH. H3G 2N1. (514)486-4404. Thurs- 
Frl. 7-11 pm. Recorded message other times. 
OGayline. c/o Gay Social Services Project, 5 rue. Weredale Park, 
Westmount, H3Z 1Y5. (514) 931-5330 (women), ThursandSat. 
7-11 pm: 931 -8668 (men). 7daysaweek. 7-11 pm. infoand 
counselling In English. 

OGay People of McGill. 3480 rue McTavish. locai411. H3A 1X9 
(514) 392-8912 Meets Thurs at 7:30 m rm 425/26. 
OGay Social Services Project. 5 rue Weredale Pk. Westmount 
H3Z iy5. (514) 937-9581. 

DLeGoiland(AA), 4652 rue Jeanne-Mance. (514)728-3228. For 
lesbian and gay alcoholics. 

DGroupe de discussion pour tesbiennes. 5 Weredale Park. 
H3Z 1Y5. (514)932-9581 (Joanne Slitt). 
OGroupe pour tesbiennes alcooliques (AA). 6517 rue Si-Dennis. 
DIntegrity: Gay Anglicans and their friends. Box 562, Verdun 
H4G 3E4. (514) 766-9623. 

OJeunesse Lambda Youth, c/o The Yellow Door. 3625 rue Aylmer. 
2nd floor. H2X 2C3 

DLesbian and Gay Friends ol Concordia, c/o CUSA. Concordia 
University 1455 boul de Maisonneuveouesl. H3G IMS. 
(514) 879-8406. Office: room 307, 2070 MacKay, open 1-4 pm 
weekdays. Meetings Thurs at 4 pm in room H-333-6. 
riLesbiennesificoute, (514)843-5661. CP36, SuccC, 
H2L 4J7. Wed-Sat. 7-11 pm. 
DLIbrairie I' Androgyne. 3642 boul St Laurent. 2nd floor. 
H2X2V4. (514)842-4765. 

augue Lambda Inc. CP701. succN, H2X 2N2. (514) 526-1967 
(Claude) or 523-8026 (Donald). Sporls group. 
DNaches (gay and lesbian Jews). CP298. succ H. H3G 2K8. 
(514) 844-0863 or 488-0849 Meets at the Yellow Door. 3625 
Aylmer SI, Tues al 8 pm. 

DParalliles Lesbiennes et Gals, radio CiBL (104.5 FM). (514) 
526- 1489 

f iParents de gaifejs/Parents ol Gays, c/o Gay Into. 
t]Prtape. 1661 eslSle -Catherine. H2L 2J5. (514)521-8451. 
DProductions SB. CP 188. succC. H2L 4KI. 
OBtncontres Gals, iditlons Homeureux Em, CP245, succ N. 
H2X 3M4 

DLa Rumtur des Berdaches. radio programme. Mon20h. CIBL- 
mf. 104.5 CP36, succC. H2L 4J7 (514)843-8671 or526-1489 
I IServlces communautaires pour tesbiennes et gals du Centre des 
services socltux Vltle-Marie. 5 Weredale Park, Westmount. 
H3Z IY5 (514)937-9581 (Joanne suit) 
DSurvhiors. c/oGaylnto English gay group lor problem drinkers 
DTravestles 4 Montrial. support lor Iransveslites c/o Gay Info. 
C \Unlted Church Gays and Lesbians In Ouibec/Les Gals et Les- 
blennes de I'Egllse Unit au Quibec, c/o United Theological Col- 
lege. 3521 University St. H3A 2A9 (514)392-6711 
[ lVlvn6tlle)(AAI. St Jean Anglican Church. tlOesl. Ste Cather- 
ine. H2X IZ6 (514)733-0757 

Quebec 

' Centre homophile d'alde tt de llbirtllon. 175 Prince-Fdouard. 
GIR4M8 (418)523 4997 

'■ \Groupe gal de lUnhnnltt Laval/Oroupe d$t limmts gales de 
runlvirtiti Laval, CP2500. Pavilion Lemieux. Citi universilaire. 
Sle Foy. GIK 7P4 



DGroupe Unigai Inc CP 152. succHaule-ViileGIR 4P3 Social 
and cullural aclivilles lor men and women. (418) 522-2555. 
Dt Heme Gale, Pavilion De Kontnck, Cite Universilaire, Sainle- 
Foy Radio program CKRL-FM. 89. 1 MHz. Thurs 7 pm. 
DLigue Mardi-Gai. (418) 529-6973 (Jean Claude Roy). 
DTiligai. (418)522-2555. Gay info. Mon-Fri. 7-11 pm. Recorded 
message other limes 

Sherbrooke 

nt Association communautaire gale de I'Estrie. CP 1374. 
JIH 5L9 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

Fredericton 

DFredericton Lesbians and Gays. Box 1556. Sin A, E3B 5G2. 
(506) 457-2156 Meets 2nd Wed of month. 

Moncton 

DGais et Lesbiennes de Moncton. CP7102. Riverview. Nouveau 
Brunswick 

Western NB 

DNorthern Lambda Nord. Box 990, Caribou. Maine 04736 USA. 
Serving Western NB and Northern Maine (Madawaska/Victoria/ 
Carlton. NB: Timiscouala, Quebec: and Aroostook, Maine) Gay 
phoneline: (207) 498-6556 



NOVA SCOTIA 



Halitax 

DThe Alternate Bookshop. 1588 Barrington St. 2nd floor Mailing 

address: Box 276. Sin M. B3J 2NI (902) 423-3830 or 422-4545 

DGay Alliance lor Equality Inc. Box3611. Halifax South Postal 

Stn. B3J 3K6. (902) 429-4234. 

DGay Artists Musicians Entertainers Society (GAMES) ol Atlantic 

Canada, Box 361 1. South Stn. B3J 3K6. 

OGayline (902) 429-6969 Mon-Wed. 7-9 pm, Thurs-Sal, 

7-10 pm. Into, referrals and peer counselling. Operated by GAE. 

DGay Youth Society ol Halilax info: Gayline or 

422-4545 (Mon). 

DLesbian Drop-In. 2nd and 4th Fri of month. 1 225 Barrington St 

Info: 429-4063. Music and conversation. 

DLive and Let Live Group, lor gay alcoholics. Phone or write GAE. 

aSparrow, (gay and lesbian Christians and Iriends), c/o Hope 

Cottage. 2435 Brunswick St. B3K 2Z4. Meets Sun at 8 pm, 2435 

Brunswick SI. Coffeehouse Sun at The Turret, 9 pm -1 am. (902) 

429-7968. 

DThe Turret Gay Community Centre, 1588 Barrington SI. 

(902) 423-6814. Write: Box 3611. Halilax South Postal Sin . 

B3J 3K6. 

NEWFOUNDLAND 

Provincial 

DGay Association in Newloundland. Box 1364. Stn C. St John's. 
A1C5N5. 



PUBLICATIONS 



OAction! Right to Privacy Committee, 730 Balhurst St, M5S 2R4 

OLe Berdache, CP36. Succ C. Montreal. PO H2L 4J7 

(514)843-8671. 

DThe Body Politic. Box 7289 Stn A, Toronto. 0NM5W 1X9. 

(416) 977-6320. 

DCHANB Bulletin. Box 649 Callander. ON POH 1H0. 

DCircuit, 1-134 Carlton St, Toronto. ON MSA 2K1. 922-0878 

(editorial), 964- 1957 (business). 

DCommuniqui, Box 990. Caribou. Maine 04736. USA. 

DFLAGMAG, Box 1556, Sin A, Fredericton. NBE3B 5G2. 

DFIagrant. Box 652. Stn E. Victoria. BC V8W 2P8. Lesbian 

feminist. 

OThe Gay Gleaner Box 1852. Edmonton. AB T5J 2P2. 

OGay Inlormallon Calgary. No317 223- 12 Ave. SW. Calgary. AB 

T2R 0G9 

OGay Niagara News. Box 692. Niagara Falls. ON L2E 6V5. 

DGay Phoenix. Box 44. SInB. Hamilton. 0NL8L 7T5. 

(416) 639-6050. 

DGAZE. Gay/Lesbian Community Centre. Box 1662, Saskatoon, 

S7R 3R8. 

DGEM Journal, Box 62, Brampton. ON LBV 2K7 

DGLOW Newsletter, c/o Federation ol Students, U of Waterloo, 

Waterloo. ON N2L 3G1 

DGOInlo. Gays ol Otlawa/Gais de I'Outaouais, Box 2919 Sin D. 

Ottawa, 0NK1P5W9 

DGueiph Gay Equality Newsletter. Box 773, Guelph, ONNIH 6L8. 

DHALO Newsletter 649 Colborne Street, London, ON N6A 3Z2 

DInternational Justice Monthly c/oRR4, Harrow, ON NOR 1G0 

DLesbian/ Lesbienne, Box 70. Sin F, Toronto, ON M4Y 2L4 

DMaking Waves: An Atlantic Quarterly lor Lesbians and Gay Men, 

Box 8953. Station A, Halifax, NSB3K 5M6. 

I \La Mensuelle fa s'attrapet! . a lesbian monthly. CP771. SuccC. 

Montreal. PO H2L 4L6 

\Network Victoria. Depl7. Box 4276. Sin A. Victoria, BC 
V8X 3X4 (902)381-2225 

1 \The Radical Reviewer (lesbian/leminisl literary tabloid). Box 
24953. Sin C, Vancouver, BC VST 4E3 
\ \Bencontres Gales, Editions Homeureux Enr, CP245, Succ N. 
Montrial, QBH2X3M4. 

I 'Sortie. CP232. SuccC. Montreal. P0H2L 4K1 
I 'Thompson Area Gay Group Newsletter. Box 3343. Kamloops, BC 
V2C 6B9 

I \ThunderGay c/oBox2l55, ThunderBay ON 
I WGCCNbws. Vancouver Gay Community Centre Society Box 
2259 MPO. Vancouver. BC V6B 3W2 (604) 253- 1258 

Is your group listed? 

Network is TBP's listing ol lesbian and gay 
groups throughout Canada and Quebec It's a 
way ol letting people in your part ol the country 
know what's happening, and a way ol getting 
others involved. 

We 'II gladly change, add or delete any intorma- 
tion on your group — just drop us a line' 
Network, The Body Politic. Box 7289, Stn A. 
Toronto, ON M5W 1X9. 



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ARTIST, SPECIALIST IN nudes, portraits. 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 



PAIN AND STRESS MANAGEMENT through 
manual therapy, hydrotherapy, reflexology. Nancy 
Jane Sinclair, registered therapist. 535-0426 or 

925-2474. 

SOLSTICE. GAY ASTROLOGICAL and tarot con- 
sultations. 463-9688. 

FANTASY CLOTHES M/F. And everyday clothes. 
Custom designed or from pattern. Repairs, altera- 
tions, makeovers. Speedy, experienced, central. Dis- 
creet. Lorraine 488-7205. 

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. 

WE WANT WORK. Drywall, painting, insulation, 
floor-sanding, carpentry and cabinet-making. Refer- 
ences. Quality at reasonable rates. Richard 535-0949. 

LIGHT HOUSEWORK BY reliable and efficient 
male (starting his own business). Reasonable rates. 
For estimate call Mark after 8 pm. 698-6166. 

FOR LESBIANS ONLY. Discreet, lovely model 
available for artists, photographers, etc. Any fantasy 
fulfilled, all ages, no colour bar. Drawer D365. 

ATTRACTIVE (BLACK MAN) experienced as 
model and masseur requires job. Part time preferable 
days but nights is fine. $50-5100 negotiable. 595-9765. 

BUSY SCHEDULE? EXPERT home and apartment 
cleaning. Careful thorough service on a one-time- 
only, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Reasonable 
rates. References available. Call Murray 961-7230 be- 
fore 8 am or after 6 pm. 

EXPERIENCED JANITOR: one-man service, will 
clean apartments, condominiums and flats. Reason- 
able rates, free estimates. (Saturdays only.) George 
977-0077 from 9 am to II am weekdays only. No 
phone calls on weekends or holidays please. 

GAY EXPERT in (electronic) surveillance and other 
investigative methods needed urgently. Drawer D407. 



Prisoners 



A NOTE TO PRISONERS who wish to have pen pals 
— 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 
Pen-Pal 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 
Francisco, 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 Pen-Pal Group 
and other programmes, send SASE (contributions 
optional) to: Prometheus, 2352, 495 Ellis St, San 
Francisco, 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 sp>ecial order books at cost (usually 
35-40<''o ofO. Prisoners and other interested persons 
should write: Books For Prisoners, Box A, 92 Pike Si. 
Seattle, WA 98101, USA. 

AFFECTIONATE WHITE MALE, 5'7" blond, 
green eyes, 20, 140 lbs seeking similarlyattractiveguys 
lor friendship and possible relationship. A real nym- 
pho. Phone, photo gets mine. Write now. Mark, 
119824. Box 97. McAlestcr. OK 74501, USA. 

WM, 6'4" 20? lbs, 24. brown hair, blue eyes, a smile 
that will knock your socks off, would like someone to 
share feeling with. Write W D Jones, Box 97, 98134. 
McAlestcr. OK 74501. USA. 

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mornings. 

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46/THE BODY POLITIC 



APRIL 1983 



Men/ Walker on the hidden conflicts and confidences of gay male couples 

New cloaks of many colours 



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Do you find that one of you 
usually initiates sex, and if 
the other one tries to, noth- 
ing happens?" Larry asked. 
I was a little taken aback. It 
was the first time he and I had been 
alone togdher since Tom and I had met 
him and his lover Don. This was getting 
personal at breakneck speed. 

"Yes," I said, "and I don't under- 
stand it." His face lit up with a smile and 
he said, "I knew it, I could just tell that 
you two were going through a lot of the 
same problems that we've been having." 

We talked then, for an hour or so, 
comparing notes, couching our ques- 
tions in ambiguous terms at first, but 
gradually becoming more at ease. 

It was a precious hour of what our 
mothers would have called "girl talk," 
complete with a certain amount of bitch- 
ing about "the old man." Those labels 
are not meant to demean the experience. 
It was a rare one. Of course we didn't 
find any answers. What we found was a 
lot of experiences in common, a sym- 
pathetic ear, a release for some of the 
pent-up frustrations that living in a gay 
couple can create. 

I have had such talks before. Well, 
maybe twice in ten years. But Larry, 
during seven years of living with Don, 
never had. 

"We meet couples and are friends for 
a while," he said, "and they come over 
and play cards, have dinner, watch TV. 
There's lots of laughter and small talk 
and it's fine, it's fun. But then all of a 
sudden the couple will break up and they 
disappear from our lives and we never 
even knew what was going on inside of 
their relationship. If you make any 
attempt to talk about relationships, to 
confide in other couples or to share 
experiences, offer advice, they back 
off. You'd think nobody had any 
problems!" 

Ain't it the truth! 

Gay liberation made it possible for 
gay couples to be visible. But the affairs 
are still cloaked. Today's cloaks have 
bright colours; those of us in couples 
present a shining front to our fellows. 
"Nothing wrong here." 

My lover sometimes says, "Look 
around. The beautiful, hot, happy gay 
men you see are all in relationships." 
That's one view, and that's one of the 
reasons we put on a happy front, what- 
ever may be happening between us. 
There is a community obligation to sus- 
tain the view that those of us in couples 
are the happiest of gay men. 

At the other end of the spectrum is the 
view that we are somehow not entirely 
out of the closet. After all, we are not 
out tasting the delights of the bars, baths 
and backrooms. (At least not visibly so.) 
When gay liberationists defend promis- 
cuity, as we should of course, we often 
incidentally take swipes at couples. Since 
couples, at first glance, look like imita- 
tion marriages, they do make awfully 
tempting targets. 

The fact is that gay liberation has very 
rarely gone beyond that first glance. 
You can easily get the impression from 
reading gay magazines that gay couples 
stopped changing in 1959. That is 
nonsense. 



Toward the end of our tete-a-tete, 
Larry said, "You know, I wish the news- 
paper you work for had an advice col- 
umn, sort of a gay Ann Landers." 

Good lord, I thought, of all the things 
the gay world could use, the one thing 
we can definitely do without is Ann 
Landers. "Yeah," I said after a pause, 
"but who would you trust to advise 
you? We're all making this up as we go 
along." 

That is the heart of the matter — we 
are making it up as we go along. We are 
not aping straight marriage. And couple 
by couple, we are going it alone. We are 
synthesizing our relationships out of bits 
of whatever we can find — insights from 
gay, women's and men's liberation, ob- 
servations of older gay couples we have 
admired and, yes, even memories of 
good things in our parents' and grand- 
parents' lives. 

You work with what's at hand. One 
thing that is generally not at hand is any 
kind of information about how other 
modern gay couples are doing things. 

A newly published "handbook for the 
gay male" called Coming Out Right says 
"Today's generation of gay men may 
contribute a variety of tested man-to- 
man relationships as a legacy to the 
future." I laughed out loud when I read 
that. Sure, I thought, we'll just bring up 
our kids right. How is this rich legacy to 
be passed on when gay couples don't 
talk to each other, share their exper- 
iences and their experiments? 

Obviously there are barriers between 
couples that prevent the kind of intimate 
exchange that would be of real value. 
Partly it's because we view ourselves as a 
new generation of couples. We don't nag 
each other in private, we don't bitch 
about our partners behind their backs, 
we don't claw each other's eyes out in 
public. And that's a positive develop- 
ment. But it's made our relationships in- 
to closed books. Those of us in couples 
don't seem to have any real access to 



each other. 

So where do you turn when you're 
busy being a good lover and swallowing 
the grievances that seem too petty to 
bring up with your lover? 

One answer could be the gay press. A 
gay Ann Landers then? I don't think so. 
I'm not interested in' having someone tell 
me what to do. But I sure would Hke to 
know how other couples are doing it. 

I think Larry hit on the idea of an ad- 
vice column precisely because such 
things deal with the picayune and the 
mundane, the little things that, without 
our even knowing it, can be expressions 
of much larger problems. 

What we have seen about couples in 
the gay press has generally been the 
grosser details, such as the several possi- 
ble patterns of dealing with sex outside 
of therelafionship. 

What we haven't seen is: "My lover is 
moving up in the business world very 
fast now, and sometimes he makes me 
feel that I am not doing anything with 
my life. In fact, I have been at the same 
job for a long time and there is some- 
thing I would rather be doing. But to do 
it I will need his support, both emotional 
and financial. He's not very encouraging 
about my plans. What can I do?" 

Or: " We' re thinking of buying a 
condo, but my lover has no credit rating 
at all. I don't mind borrowing the 
money but I know it will bother him if 
'our' house is in my name. I know it's on 
his mind a lot already and if we go ahead 
with the plan it's going to create prob- 
lems for us. How can I convince him 
that it can still be 'ours' even if I put up 
the money?" 

How about: "When we first got to- 
gether my lover and I were very imagina- 
tive sexually. We did a lot of things with 
each other that we had only fantasized 
about doing before. But gradually we 
learned each other's preferences and 
now we always seem to do the same 
thing. When one of us tries to introduce 



something new or different from the 
mainstays, the other seems to automatic- 
ally channel it back to the tried and true. 
We've tried to talk about it but it always 
seems like criticism and one of us gets 
defensive. Talking can make things 
worse too because we will try something 
different and both become self-con- 
scious because it's an "Experiment." 
How on earth can we overcome this ob- 
stacle and get back to the hot and varied 
sex we used to have? We're both still 
very turned on to each other." 

Are those convincingly Ann Landers- 
style letters? They are also real problems 
that may ring bells for readers in other 
couples. They are problems, however, 
that cannot be dealt with by a gay 
Landers dispensing stock answers and 
standard etiquette. These questions are 
important precisely because they are 
mundane and because we require innov- 
ative and distinctly gay answers to them. 
We do not, thank God, have any sub- 
stantial body of etiquette for gay rela- 
tionships. We are making it up as we go 
along. But why must each isolated 
couple do all of its own innovating? 

Isn't it time we had not an advice col- 
umn, but an advice exchange? Isn't it 
time we stopped looking at gay couples 
as a Fifties anomaly, as a threat to the 
promiscuous norm, or as "doin' just 
fine, thanks"? Isn't it time we realized 
that couples are also gay people trying to 
push back the boundaries, trying to lib- 
erate themselves and create something 
new and valuable in its own right? Isn't 
it time that couples had a little room in 
gay publications? 

Let's talk. What do >'ow do when you 
come on to your lover and he doesn't 
respond? D 

Got a problem and want to find out how 
other couples (or singles) have handled it? 
Write Merv Walker c/o TBP, Box 7289. Stn 
A, Toronto. ONM5W 1X9. We'll print the 
letters and responses in a future issue. 




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