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Array Founded in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, February 14,1991
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2/THE UBYSSEY
February 14,1991 LESBIAN, GAY ANI> BiSEXUAt ISSUE
Lesbian filmmakers produce
erotica, lesbian images
by Rebecca Bishop
Women filmmakers in
Vancouver are creating erotic
images for lesbian audiences
that break the patriarchal norms
of the industry.
Women workingin both film
and video are operating independently to challenge the heterosexual, male viewpoint represented in most film, whether
from the Hollywood mainstream
or the erotic filmmaking industry.
Carla Wolf is a filmmaker
who made the film Standing
Under Your Understanding
when she was a student at Simon
Fraser University. "I wanted to
break down that heterosexual
mode of viewing, and clearly that
was to be done through a lesbian
relationship. The film is two
women making love, so it is
clearly lesbian erotic."
Wolfs initial inspiration for
the work was the lesbian love
scene in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. "The love scene is
between two women, but the
camera is from a male perspective.
"The initial look ofthe camera is the traditional male gaze
on a woman's body. But it eventually changes to a woman's view
of a woman's body. I was identifying the camera as female. So
the focus represents what the
two women were really seeing,
not the external viewer's gaze,"
she said.
The film is purely sexual,
with the shots very closely set to
the bodies of the two women.
They make love with the
voice over of two
women reciting
a poem. Wolf
does not
working out of Vancouver, was
the camera operator, director,
and editor of Butch Femme in
Paradise, which she describes
as a "lesbian sex comedy." She
also produced the work as a
When asked if an industry
exists in Vancouver, Boschman
said "I wouldn't call it an industry if you mean people getting
paid for the work they do." Most
filmmakers work out of their own
pockets or try to find support
from Canada Council
funding. Film
and video
co-ops
-* \       i    n
consider the
work       as
purely    erotic
however.
"I have not given it to a
distributor for personal reasons.
It is shown almost entirely
within controlled screenings. It
is shown with lectures and is
contextualized," she said. She is
always present at screenings,
which are primarily at gay and
lesbian film festivals.
Lorna   Boschman,   also
student.working
at Emily Carr. Boschman said
she "felt there was not really
enough work being done about
sex by lesbians."
Boschman's film was entirely self-funded, and like
Wolfs, her film was produced
entirely by women.
Vancouver
are also a
source of support.
They offer cheap access to equipment and
training in all aspects of film
and video production. Both
Boschman and Wolf, however,
agreed that women have to create their own support.
"Women making film and
video have to do it entirely on
their own and find their own
support networks. There are a
lot of films out there that are not
breaking past the community,"
said Wolf.
Both women worked with
the help of friends, and both felt
that while the schools they were
attending gave them technical
support, there was some ambivalence to their lesbian subject matter.
"I really felt self-conscious
of my work around the other
students. And when at the end
of the year I had my critique of
the film and the male instructor
questioned whether one of the
women would be that energetic
after havingjust had an orgasm,
a female instructor said thatyes
it was accurate," said Boschman.
Boschman's work is available through Women in Focus, a
women's feminist cultural centre in Vancouver that supports
women working in the visual
art, video, and film disciplines.
Distribution of lesbian images
is limited, both women describing their greatest exposure
through film festivals.
Vancouver Videomatica is very
gay-positive, and Pacific
Cinemateque is one of the venues that screens alternative material, and will be screening
works by one of the earliest
women creating lesbian images,
Barbara Hammer, in early
March.
Symbol from concentration camp horrors comes to represent self worth for gays
Triangle haunts past, gives pride for future
by Paul Dayson
Though once a stigma, the
Pink Triangle has come to symbolize much ofthe aspirations of
the gay liberation movement and
is now worn with pride by gays
and lesbians.
Its roots go back to the concentration camps of Hitler's nazi
Germany, where, like the Yellow
Star of David that marked out
Jews, the Pink Triangle was
used to identify homosexual
prisoners.
The fight against persecution, however, began longbefore.
In the early 1920s Germany
was the scene of a budding gay
rights movement, with the formation of homosexual associations in several cities.
Most of their attention focused on fighting Paragraph 175
of German law, created in 1871
with the inception ofthe German
state.
Paragraph 175 stated that
"A male who indulges in criminally indecent activities with
another male or who allows
himself to participate in such
activities will be punished with
jail."
Though the movement's efforts for legislative change met
with no success, they gained
wider acceptance, especially in
Berlin, a centre of gay culture.
The rise of nazism in the 1930s,
however, put an end to this.
The nazis viewed homosexuals as effeminate and
woman-like, qualities they
deemed unsuitable for their
warrior ideal. To them homosexuals were a sub-class of
criminals who threatened the
reproductive vitality of German
society.
On February 23, 1933, just
24 days after Hitler was appointed Chancellor, all homosexual associations were
banned. Among those first interned at the new concentration
camps, like Dachau, were the
directors of these associations.
In 1935 gay bars, which were
raided continually in the preceding two years, were made illegal.
And homosexuals were labelled
"sexual vagrants."
Paragraph 175 was expanded and criminal acts now
included kissing, touching, and
mutual masturbation as well as
sexual acts resembling coitus.
The invisibility of homosexuals in society-at-large often
helped them to hide. As well,
lesbians for the most part went
untouched because the nazis'
The pink triangle was used to identify thousands of gay people who
died in concentration camps in Nazi Germany.
patriarchal view excluded their
existence. Some lesbians, however, were interned in the camps.
Gays, meanwhile, were
found by the authorities from
lists of those arrested at gay
bars, from diaries, letters and
address books as well as confessions under torture of the
arrested. Others were turned in
by acquaintances.
The practice of direct transfer to camps—sending those in
prisons to camps after they
served sentences—began in
1938.
Here they donned the Pink
Triangle which denoted them as
homosexuals.
Unlike ethnic or political
prisoners, homosexuals came
from a diverse background. This
made it difficult for them to act
together and protect themselves.
Nor did they gain support
from other interned groups.
Homophobia meant that those
who wore the Pink Triangle were
the lowest caste in the camp.
They were excluded from the
alliances of camp committees
and the political undergrounds.
As well, homosexuals made
up one ofthe smaller minorities
in the camps—approximately
25,000 are believed to have been
interned.
The p risoners with the Pink
Triangles never lived for long—
approximately 60 per cent of homosexuals imprisoned under the
nazis died. They were subject to
some ofthe harshest conditions
in the camps and even pseudo-
medical experiments designed
to 'cure' homosexuality were
performed on some of them.
Yet the liberation of the
camps by advancing allied forces
did not end the persecution and
imprisonment for the homosexuals. They were still branded
as criminals.
They were forced to finish
their prison sentences that had
been interrupted' by their time
in the camps. None of them was
granted compensation from the
West German government, as
were other groups. Often they
did not even have sympathetic
families to return to.
When released Pink Triangle survivors had to re-enter
a hostile world. Many concocted
stories, such as being arrested
and interned as political anti-
Nazi resistors.
The Pink Triangle was buried and forgotten; a haunting
reminder.
In the late 1960s, however,
the movement for gay liberation
suddenly emerged.
It began with a riot that
started when police raided the
Stonewall, a New York gay bar.
The riots lasted days and soon a
wave of gay awareness swept
the western world. Gays came
forward to be counted.
Most prominent among the
symbols selected to represent
them was the Pink Triangle.
They choose to reclaim it, taking
its haunting image and creating
a powerful symbol of pride and
self-worth.
February 14,1991
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What do gays want?
by Clark Antonich and Chris Bitten
Homosexuals are after your
children.
After your children's minds,
hearts and souls. They're after you
too: your concept of your own
sexuality.
They want homosexuality
taught in your schools and want to
be portrayed as "positive" role
models. They want to be able to
"marry," be eligible for family
benefits and be allowed to adopt
your children, raisingthem as their
own.
Hold it. What is this really
about: privacy? morality? sexual
freedom of expression? Or is it
merely the strident and
humourless complaining of an oversensitive, privileged group who
have lost all sense of perspective
about their place in society?
Homosexual acts have only
been decriminalized in most
western countries comparatively
recently. Is this yet another social
experiment gone dangerously
awry? Is it smart to throw away
the "wisdom ofthe ages" baby out
with the "let's get liberal"
bathwater?
We present ourselves as a
Christian society. Total confusion
reigns here too. Conservative
Christians have believed gays
shouldbe quarantined, imprisoned
for life, even put to death if they act
on their desires. The more liberal
Christians of today say homosexuals are people deserving of respect
andlove, even when they have sex.
The most radical Christians even
condone the ordination of gays.
So is Homosexuality an
abomination or not?
Homosexuality appears to be
widely tolerated today. "Just as
long as they stay away from me," is
the often heard declaration of tolerance. Two consenting adults can
do whatever they want behind
closed doors these days. Sure, that's
no problem, but that's not where it
stops, is it? Homosexuals keep
wanting more, the moral aspects
of the problem can no longer be
glossed over.
People often become aware of
their sexual orientation when they
are children or during the years of
puberty. Children and teens who
awaken to their homosexual attractions are usually then abused
and alienated by their peers.
Worse, they may be invalidated or
betrayed by their parents, teachers,
counsellors—people who should
have the information, education or
plain guts to affirm the child who
has an atypical sexuality. This is
an abuse of authority. It is immoral.
It is from this traumatizing
crucible that most homosexuals
have to struggle if they are to develop a positive sense of themselves
and be capable of functional relationships as adults. For some, this
struggle endsin suicide. For many,
it understandably ends in addiction. These outcomes reflect the
desperation ofthe struggle to adapt
to an alien and hostile world.
The survivors, though hardier
for the struggle perhaps, will as
adults face daily prejudice and
oppression. When homosexuals
come out of the closets they were
herded into as children—declare
themselves—it is hard to overestimate the gravity ofthe event. It is
a one-way trip that can be met
with assault, stubborn invalidation, willful ignorance, or outright
rejection by family and friends.
The worst response, though, is stereotyping—the theft of one's identity. Yes, coming out is about sex,
but it's also about refusal to be
oppressed by misguided morality
and about determination to be
other than a creature of "traditional
values". To those who haven't experienced it, coming out may seem
trivial, over-indulgent or grandiose
but it is really a triumph of the
human spirit over fear.
The core issue is education and
freedom of information. For example, when homosexuals demand
the right to adopt children they are
not out to corrupt perfectly normal
children into their "perverse"
lifestyle. There is no movement to
convert heterosexuals, nor does
such conversion appear to be possible.
The discussion and acceptance
of homosexuality should not be dismissed as an attempt to force heterosexuals to think about practices
they may find unsavory, but rather
as a moral challenge to oppression
and regimentation. Nobody loses
when oppression is stopped.
No matter what our sexual
orientation, we are all enriched by
diversity, choice and self-realization.
Gay subculture and
the role of the disco
The rise of modern dance music with its distinctive bass beat is
something inextricably tied to the
advent of an urban, post-industrial
and post-literate culture. Two
groups with a "heritage" in its
evolution include the black community, which promulgated it, and
the gay community, which borrowed it.
Since the rise of disco inevitably coincided with the inception of
the modern gay movement, its role
is not only symptomatic of some of
the most underlying social changes
ofthe last two decades, including,
the formation of gay sensibility.
As a homosexual committed
to the advancement ofthe lot ofthe
homosexual, it is obviously in my
best interests to dispel much ofthe
pervasive mythology of the exotic
and androgynous horrors of gay
discodom. I also consider it necessary to tabulate its relevance which
even my smirking friends fail to
realize. What has now spawned
into club, house, hip-hop, acid, hi-
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energy dance, acid-house, hip-hop
house, etc., etc. was originally a
marriage of R&B and soul in the
black nightclubs ofthe sixties. Gay
disk jockeys quickly picked up
some of these underground hits
and played them because of their
innate danceability and such songs
as "Honeybee" gained a certain
limited status as a "classic."
The rise of gay activism, taken
for granted today, stemmed from a
violent reaction to the repeated
harassment by New York police in
a Christopher Street bar in 1969.
The resulting riots took days to
quell.
In search of better economic
prospects and a more tolerant environment, leagues of strapping
and not-so-strapping gay men migrated to the coastal meccas of New
York, San Francisco, Los Angeles,
and even Montreal, Toronto and
Vancouver from the heart and
hinter-land ofthe continent in the
depressed seventies. It was a
community at ground zero and
discos performed in a needed capacity as "town halls" in the first
stages of the community's construction.
The social relevance of this
first generation of active and "out"
homosexuals cannot be underestimated. Among a plethora of new
bars (and bath-houses), gay restaurants, law offices, laundromats,
gymnasiums, travel agencies and
accounting firms were opened. At
the clubs, the exuberances of this
"brave new world" were voiced by
openly gay musicians—such as the
Village People—after John
Travolta made the much-
ghettoized disco music popular in
mainstream culture.
The rise ofthe gay community
occurred at the most liberal epoch
since the Renaissance and perhaps
the potential transience of this
modicum of acceptance should have
been more regarded while the gay
community debaucheditself to the
high-energy disco of Sylvester's
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)."
The Seventies opened with the
Janus head of Reagan conservatism and AIDs. Times had changed
and as the homosexuals died by
the thousands, they were
sodomized by government inaction
towards such an "expendable" minority and by the spectre of such
anti-gay violence as beatings with
a crowbar.
It soon became quite obvious
that if anything were to be done to
alleviate the crisis, it would have
to come from within the gay community itself. Gay clubs held fund-
raising benefits for such agencies
as the Gay Men's Health Crisis to
the sad grooves of the
Communards' "Smalltown Boy."
Perhaps it is fitting that disco had
become a four-letter word and John
Travolta's career spiralled downwards.
Gays' anger at their treatment
led to the formation of such confrontational groups as ACT-UP and
Queer Nation as surely as the gay
movement was started by anger at
police brutality almost a decade
earlier.
A new decade is dawning and
the gay community can claim
limited success in its AIDS prevention campaigns (the same remains to be seen in the straight
community). Once ignited, the
passionate flames of the new gay
militancy will show little signs of
abating until the Essau's hair of
the holier-than-thou straight
complacency is burnt away.
"Groove Is In The Heart" is at
the top of the charts.
4/THE UBYSSEY
February 14,1991 LESBIAN, GAY AND BISEXUAL ISSUE
Government wimps out
by Laurie Newell
The Canadian government has
failed to follow through on a five
year old commitment to include
sexual orientation in the Charter
of Rights as a prohibited ground of
discrimination, according to
Burnaby-Kingsway member of
parliament Svend Robinson.
After receiving recommendations from a special all party parliamentary committee, the government stated in March 1986 that
it would "take whatever measures
that are necessary to ensure that
sexual orientation is a prohibited
ground of discrimination."
Now, justice minister Kim
Campbell has announced that she
will introduce a package of
amendments to the Canadian
Human Rights Act. The amendments, the first to the bill since
1978, will likely be introduced this
spring and could include the addition of sexual orientation as a prohibited ground for discrimination.
While speaking in the SUB
Auditorium on Wednesday,
Robinson said the issue was not of
protecting special rights, but rather
of the protection of human rights
universally. He said the legislation
would be an important step towards ensuring basic dignity for
lesbian, gay and bisexual people,
and enabling them to live without
fear of losing their jobs or being
denied employment, housing, and
custody of their children among
other things.
Currently, Quebec, Ontario,
Manitoba and the Yukon territory
are the only provinces to have enacted provincial legislation prohibiting discrimination on the
grounds of sexual orientation.
Dangers of silence
"Silence and invisibility are
the two greatest obstacles for
justice for the lesbian and gay
community," according to member of parliament for Burnaby-
Kingsway Svend Robinson
Addressing an audience of
about 50 people in the SUB
Auditorium on Wednesday,
Robinson spoke often of the
dangers of silence for the
lesbian and gay community.
He quoted Martin Luther
King who said "history will
not judge us by the vicious-
ness ofour enemies but by the
silence of our friends."
Robinson cited examples of
discrimination against gays and
lesbians by the Canadian Armed
Forces, and challenged UBC students and faculty to oppose mili
tary recruitment on campus for
this reason./"
Robinson said there was a
world-wide network of about 70
openly gay and lesbian politicians,
and that none of them had been
defeated in an election after having openly declared their sexual-
ity.
"We can openly speak out for
equality and still do well politically," he said.
Robinson said openly confirming his own sexuality has
gained him "extraordinary support" among his parliamentary
colleagues, and has almost eliminated explicit homophobia in
parliament.
"The single most powerful
thing a gay person can do is to
come out," he said.
Federally, lesbians, gays and
bisexuals may be able to count on
some legal protection against discrimination under Section 15 of
the Charter of Rights. However,
Robinson maintains that discrimination against lesbians, bisexuals and gays continues to be
widespread.
Examples of such discrimination include an employer who terminated the contract of a woman
who had received awards of merit,
when it was learned the woman
was a lesbiam; a gay man who was
fired by the new manager of a
branch of a major bank was explicitly told it was because he was
gay; and the destruction by arson
of a private club for lesbians and
gay men in a small Canadian town.
According to Robinson, there
has been considerable opposition
to the move towards including
sexual orientation in the Charter
of Rights. As well as opposition
from groups like REAL Women,
hundreds of letters have been sent
to the prime minister opposing the
protection of lesbians, bisexuals
and gays under the Charter.
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Robinson said there is a need
for fundamental changes in the way
lesbian and gay lives are portrayed
in the media, as well as in school
texts and curricula. Until lesbian
and gay lives are more positively
and visibly portrayed, members of
the lesbian and gay community will
continue to "suffer the perfect death
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of invisibility," he said.
In light ofthe opposition, and
the historical silencing of the lesbian and gay community, Robinson
concluded that a continuing campaign in favour of protecting lesbians, bisexuals and gays in the
charter is essential.
Neither, nor: bisexuality
I am not homosexual, yet the
lesbian and gay liberation move-
mentis of crucial importance tome.
I am bisexual. I love women; I
also love men. Because of this I am
also "queer".
For this reason, lesbian and
gay liberation is of the utmost
import to the way I live. Their
liberation means my right to exist
without fear and with affirmation
of my right to love those of my sex.
Homophobia is a fear of me, as
it is a fear of homosexuals. I suffer
from it also. It prevents me from
expressing my sexuality, as it does
lesbians and gays.
Hetrosexism insults me, as it
insults homosexuals. The constant
barrage ofheterosexual images, role
modelsand assumptions enrage me,
as they do gays. They are a denial
of who I am by the world around
me.
As a bisexual, it can feel like
being trapped in a void between
two communities and belonging to
neither. Which community I find
myself in at any one time is often
defined by the sex of my partner.
One "side" of my sexuality is,
however, definitely more accept
able in the eyes of society as it
stands. Being with a person ofthe
"opposite' sex is often easier— that
I will admit. Sometimes it is not—
as with rejection or alienation, denial can never be easy.
I need an environment where I
holding the hand of whom I choose,
and kiss them in public; where it is
not automatically assumed that I
am heterosexual; where my sexuality is affirmed. These are essential to my being a whole person. I
am not of myself.complete acceptance is my own.
Heterosexuals are nothing but ignorant pigs
by Gerald Williams
It appears that most heterosexuals seem like ignorant pigs
(no offence to pigs).
But hey, what type of image do
they get of homosexuals—the same
type of Hollywood and media stereotyping that homosexuals often complain about as not being representative of us. Heterosexualsare notgoing
to change their views until they can
stop saying that they have never met
a homosexual. Well, you know they
have, but the lie continues.
We all know that heterosexuals
are not stupid (no offence to the stupi d
ones), and life would be easier if they
did not look like they were going to be
sick when you mention you were out
with a same sex date last night, but
they won't change for a while. And
they will never change until they have
had some exposure to real homosexuals, not just images.
All you have to lose by not
speaking up about yourself is your
self-respect. Oh, I have heard that
there is a time and a place for everything, and that situations exist where
the fact that you are homosexual is
not an issue. Most people would say
their jobs are such situations
Well, I have certainly heard a
lot of professors mention their
spouses while lecturing, and no
one registers complaints because
the prof is talking about a sexual
partner. If the students get uncomfortable with the fact that their
prof is homosexual then the students should seek counselling, because an unrealistic fear of something is not healthy.
There are an awful lot of nice
heterosexuals who attend classes
here on campus, and some of them
belong to clubs which throw some
fun parties and events. There are
also an awful lot of nice homosexuals who belong to all these
organizations who would never
dare show up with a same sex
date.
Hey, come on. By not showing
up with a date of your choice you
are saying that these heterosexuals you socialize with are insensitive and impolite. Nice friends you
have.
You are also saying that you
would rather lie to these people.
Nice friend you are.
Most heterosexuals are afrai d to
talk to homosexuals because they
don't know what to say. They are
afraid of saying something to offend
you, or that you will hit on them.
Well, in a classroom saying
something wrong when trying to
learn is acceptable to most professors, but there is certainly
enough evidence ofthe "politically
correct" people of the world
showing hostility and cruelty to
people who make slips of the
tongue while trying to learn. So
use a little more tact and understanding with heterosexuals who
are trying.
The heterosexuals will calm
down in a while. As far as being
afraid that you are going to hit on
them, be comforted—it is usually
the most unattractive of the heterosexuals who believe this.
The cynical might say it is
because they want to be able to
turn down at least one person before they die, but this is cruel.
February 14,1991
THE UBYSSEY/5 LESBIAN, ©AY AND BISEXUAL ISSUE
Gay and AIDS activists
take on new militancy
by Paul Dayson
A new generation of lesbians
and gays are out demanding their
rights. No longer content to stay
left alone in their closets or their
bedrooms, they are out in the
streets.
In recent years there has been
a growth of new lesbian and gay
liberation groups demanding an
equal, recognized and accepted
place in society. Their tactics, aims
and composition are radically dif-
ferentfromthe gaymovementthat
evolved out ofthe late sixties.
Notable amongst these are
the AIDS Coalition To Unleash
Power (ACT-UP) and Queer Nation, groups in the forefront of
AIDS and gay rights activism.
Vancouver has only recently
begun to experience ACT-UP. A
chapter was only formed here last
spring. Since then it has gone on
to make splashes in the news
media.
Vancouverites can also expect
to start seeing "Queer-ins." This
week a meeting is being held to
form a Vancouver Chapter of
Queer Nation.
The members of these groups
are youthful. Having "come out"
at a younger age, they have become aware earlier of the injustices of our culture towards gays.
"ACT-UP; fight back" and "We're
here and we're queer" are their
cries.
Lesbians have become a vocal
and visible force, first as health
care workers looking after AIDS
patients, then as outspoken activists. They have brought their visions of radical and lesbian-femi
nism to these groups resulting in
collaborative styles decision making.
Bisexuals have also begun to
enter the Lesbian and Gay movement. New groups are adopting
the phrase "gay, lesbian and bisexual" rather than the term "lesbian and gay" that has become
standard.
Groups like ACT-UP, Queer
Nation and others, use militant
actions that assert their rights
rather than negotiating for them.
In many ways, the AIDS crisis has made this a necessity.
AIDS COALITION TO
UNLEASH POWER
(ACT-UP)
The epitome of AIDS activist
groups, ACT-UP, has made the
slogan "Silence = Death" popular
and set the tone of militant AIDS
and gay activism.
ACT-UP began in New York
in the mid-eighties where the
AIDS crisis had been the most
disastrous. It provided an outlet
for the constructive energies of at
first a few dozen and then hundreds of concerned individuals,
later growing to thousands. ACT-
UP New York now has affiliated
groups across North America and
in Europe. In Canada, chapters
existisMontreal, Toronto andnow
Vancouver.
At first, the Vancouver chapter was criticized for not matching its namesakes when it conducted a die-in at Robson Square
in August. Later, it gained the ire
of many for its protests.
It has most noticeably targeted the Social Credit government of premier Bill Vander Zalm
for its AIDS policies.
"British Columbia is the only
province in Canada that bills those
infected with the HIV virus for
their treatments," according to
ACT-UP literature.
Nor will it allow the distribution of condoms in prisons or institute a program of sex education
classes which teach about safer
sex and homosexuality. Vander
Zalm himself vetoed an AIDS
video for schools calling it "a
condom ad."
This has made Vander Zalm
their target for two demonstrations. Both resulted in shoving
matches and arrests of ACT-UP
members by police.
Describing ACT-UP's methods, Vancouver chapter spokesperson Kevin Robb said, "It's one
ofthe ways. Every method is be-
ingtriedto get the message across.
"People are throwing themselves in front of automobiles to
get people to pay attention," he
said.
ACT-UP targets the medical
establishment and municipal,
state, provincial and federal governments, as well as public opinion for their passive attitude towards the AIDS epidemic. They
aim to make the public comprehend the serious consequences of
their ignorance about the disease.
ACT-UP has become infamous for their disruption of the
1989 conference on AIDS held in
Montreal. ACT-UP members
gained entrance into the conference hall and took over the stage
to make its criticisms ofthe scientific community's handling ofthe
AIDS crisis.
They were critical of the
profiteering from the AIDS epidemic—the high cost of the patented drugs marketed by pharmaceutical companies with a monopoly. Many AIDS patients, they
said, cannot afford them.
They also noted that AIDS
patients were not present at the
proceedings while the scientific
community decided their fate.
In San Francisco, a year later,
ACT-UP again tried to disrupt
the conference on AIDS held there.
They held that the US policy barring those with AIDS from entering the country prevented adequate discussion.
ACT-UP did not gain entry to
the conference but sit down demonstrations resulted in many arrests.
These are classic examples of
ACT-UPs tactics: forms of civil
disobedience which combine passive resistance and the creative
disruption of everyday business.
ACT-UP has traditionally
aimed at achieving recognition for
the state ofthe AIDS crisis. "AIDS
deaths every hour; blood on the
hands of those in power" has become one of their slogans. The
governments, they say, are not
doing enough to combat the disease.
ACT-UP members have levelled criticism at governments for
avoiding dealing with the AIDS
crisis. Homophobia on the part
politicians, they allege, is the root
cause ofthe inaction.
As proof they cite the overall
lack of concern about AIDS until
"Free AZT." British Columbia is the only
province that does not fully fund  AZT.
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it began to affect the heterosexual
population.
ACT-UP's demands have
ranged from condoms for prisoners in jail and needle exchange
programs to sex education that
includes homosexuality.
Recently, ACT-UP begun to
voice criticism of injustices not, at
first, apparently related to AIDS.
Stances on issues like racism,
sexism and economic injustice
have been included in some chapters' mandates. Injustices such as
these, some ACT-UP chapters argue, prevent the disadvantaged
from receiving even the poor AIDS
treatment available.
In New York, ACT-UP's
founding and most influential
chapter adopted this stance. Its
new priority is national health
care.
This has some older AIDS activists and gays concerned about
the new perspective of these ACT-
UP chapters being seen as a divergence from the AIDS issue.
In San Francisco, ACT-UP
has split into two chapters—"San
Francisco" and "Golden Gate"—
which cooperate but have different priorities.
QUEER NATION
Queer Nation is a new lesbian and gay liberation group that
is rapidly spreading across North
America. Chapters have almost
instantaneously sprung up all
across the continent. Focusing on
homophobia and heterosexism, it
aims on achieving acceptability
for homosexuality.
In response to charges of
promoting homosexuality, in
the past the gay movement's
spokespeople have denied this
is what their movement is
about. "Promote homosexuality" is a Queer Nation slogan.
They seek to promote homosexuality as an alternative that
is both acceptable and viable.
"Queer-ins," as Queer Nation
has dubbed them, are one of its
means of doing this. The first was
this summer in New York, where
gays and lesbians gathered in
Central Park to express their
sexuality.
Since then, Queer Nation has
organized the "Queer Shopping
Network" for weekend trips to
suburban malls to hand out gay
rights brochures and "Nights Out"
in which they enter heterosexual
establishments and begin kissing
and holding hands.
These in-your-face demonstrations of sexuality by Queer
Nation are not aimed at a piece
of gay rights legislation but at
stopping bigotry        and
homophobic harassment of
lesbian and gay people.
Gays' communities
mean not fighting alone
by Harley Morrow
One cannot come back from
San Francisco without being impressed by the sense of community amongst the gays and lesbians.
Facing the AIDS crisis has
given the men and women a sense
of family. No person is alone in
their fight for life because their
gay brothers and sisters are there
when their biological family
abandon them.
The struggle is not over because of an ever increasing need
and so many people would like to
see their work fail. I cannot believe that those people who have
helped their neighbour in need
have not grown spiritually.
In Vancouver, the Gay Games
was an incredibly powerful event,
bringing people from all over the
world to our city. The normally
invisible gay population, swelled
in numbers and visibility, felt the
power of numbers. But to see
Vancouver now, one would hardly
know that the largest Gay Games
was just held here.
Homosexuality may have its
origins in sex, but it grows from
there to form a community—just
as an individual who comes out
first discovers his/her sexuality
and then goes on to discover that
there are other human beings who
feel as he/she does. The rights and
opportunities we as a community
enjoy today were fought for by
fellow gays and lesbians. Those of
us who take advantage of those
opportunities by going to a gay
bar or reading a gay paper like
this edition of The Ubyssey have a
responsibility to continue their
fight.
The community in San Francisco would never have been able
to face the AIDS crises without
the participation and support of
the men and women of the gay
community. The gay organizations
in this city and on this campus
need your support if they are to
continue the fight against hate
and ignorance.
We as a community will be
stronger with you.
6/THE UBYSSEY
February 14. 1991 GL ISSUE
On love, tolerance, and the pink triangle
by Mark Livesey
Ourmorbidcuriosityaboutthe
genocidal horrors of the Nazi regime has always been one that I
have never been able to reconcile
myself to.
The only satisfying explanation I can devise is that it hit too
close to home—it represents a potential in our society. That such
atrocities could occur in one ofthe
most modernized, powerful, western and, seemingly, "civilized"
nations on the face ofthe planet is
the real horror ofthe holocaust. In
our staid, morally vain self-assumptions, the gaping visage of
the death-camp victim screams for
recognition.
In the vein of our superior
"situational morality", as we try to
ponder the gravity of the mecha-
ni zed sacrifices ofthe Jewish people
to  the  ideological  trinity  of
homogenity, war and nationalism,
the thousands of other victims of
Hitler are, for reasons either innocent or deliberate, ignored. Any
child over six will be aware that
innumerable Jews were consumed
in the flames of Nazi hatred in
human incinerators or work camps,
but are unaware ofthe multitude
of Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses,
"Race Defilers", political enemies
and homosexuals that died at their
sides under the stomp of the SS's
boots.
The tragedy ofthe Jews in the
Second World War was a major
factor in the establishment of a
Jewish homeland in the post-war
period, as well as some measure of
financial restitution by t>> e German
government.
Clearly, the thousands of homosexuals who wore the pink triangle in the concentration camps
were viewed as just as disposable
by the allied victors as the Jews
were to the Nazis. In fact, many of
the camps actually stayed open
after the war to house the homosexuals who had "not completed
their sentences" as homosexuality
was not legalized by the West
German government until 1969.
The Orwellian overtones do
not stop there. The historical
omission of the homosexual concentration camp experience (shown
by what accounts there are to be
just as bad as the situation for the
Jews—if not worse), amounts to
the rewriting of history and seems
to indicate that the value of one life
is not necessarily regarded as
equivalent to the next. But then
times have changed.
Now there are court cases to
determine whether life insurance
companies should cover heterosexuals and homosexuals for equal
amounts as the homosexuals might
have AIDS. In a study in the United
States, 95 per cent of all homosexuals surveyed were found to
have been assaulted (physically or
verbally) at one time and, in the
crime records, it was determined
that the homosexual was seven
times more likely than the heterosexual counterpart to be a victim of crime.
Meanwhile, the gay scene in
"thirtysomething" will never occur
in reruns because ofthe millions of
doll ars in lost adverti sing re venue s
that scene incurred thanks to
massive cancellations of contracts.
In England, the scene of two men
lying in bed together would have
been illegal because it amounted
to a "promotion of homosexuality"
(anti-homosexual public expression is still quite legal, though).
Gay stars and athletes are advised
not to "go public" with their homosexuality as it would mean lost
money in product endorsement and
advertising and/or "ruin" their careers. This, in turn, deprives the
gay community of badly needed
role models and perpetuates the
myths of the non-existent homosexual andthatsportsissomething
incongruous with a gay identity.
All of this contributes to the
maligning ofthe homosexual and is a
factor inmuch oftheanti-gay violence.
Government, certainly, is not unaware
of such facts and statistics (the Conservative government has promised
to include of "homosexuals" in the
minorities protected under the Charter ofRighte and Freedoms for almost
a decade now).
Government and social inaction in the face of these damning
truths is tantamount to a sin of
omission and lays bare the bones
of our situational morality. The
pink triangle remains the sym bol
of gay pride and oppression.
Why do people tell me they are lesbian/gay?
This is a question that gay
people have been asked countless
times by their heterosexual friends
and, no doubt, a question that
heterosexual people ask each other.
As a gay person I am always surprised and a bit angered by this
question. Imagine that you have
met a person in one of your classes
and you hit it off very well. After
few days, this person approaches
you and says:
"There is something that I
would like to tell you: I am deaf.
People do not notice because I lip-
read very well."
You would never think of
asking this person why he/she is
telling you this. You would be glad
to have earned this person's trust
and have started building a
stronger friendship. This shouldbe
the way in which you accept and
acknowledge the fact that someone is lesbian/gay as well.
When a lesbian/gay friend
"comes out" to you, you can, for a
moment, glimpse the hostility and
foolishness that is our conditioned
cultural response to lesbians and
gays. You can see the contradiction
between the negative ideas that
we are taught about lesbian and
gay people and the .person standing before you whom you consider
a friend. It is as if you, as a heterosexual person, suddenly become
aware that you are standing in a
minefield and are wondering how
theygotthere. In reality, the mines
were being planted for many years
by you with the encouragement
and approval of our society.
This is, perhaps, what makes
this question so difficult to answer.
It is a question that hides and
provokes many unstated fears and
feelings. It demands much thought
and questioning for the person who
poses it—Am I afraid that some of
the "truths" I hold are wrong? Am
I afraid of trying to search for my
own answers to difficult questions?
Am I afraid that this person is
attracted to me? The best that I
can do to answer this question in
such a small piece is to list a few of
the answers that other lesbian/gay
people that I have talked to have
given me.
Why do people tell me that
they are lesbian/gay? Because I am
not ashamed of myself; because
being gay is different from being
heterosexual; because I would not
have been asked; because you assume that I am not lesbian/gay;
because I don't like having to perform linguistic gymnastics when I
talk to you about my lover; becau se
my lover and I cannotreceive many
ofthe rights and benefits that you
take for granted; because we live
in a society that ignores lesbian
and gay people; because you/we
are taught that we are intrinsically bad; because people would
not think of degrading another
person by calling them "nigger" or
"chink" while dyke, fag, lezzie, and
queer are somehow acceptable;
because queer-bashing is real; because many religions condemn us,
giving tacitrnoral support to people
who hate us; because all too often
friends and family abandon us;
because I want you to see that your
stereotypes are wrong; because I
want to be open with you; because
I want you to ask me about being
gay-
But most of all, because I trust
you and I value you and I want to
call you my friend.
By asking, "Why do people tell
me that they are lesbian/gay?" you
are communicating the unspoken
and usually unconscious attitude
that it is "okay" to be lesbian/gay
but I don't want to know about it.
This person—your friend—is
sharing with you a very important
part of themselves. If you are surprised or uncomfortable, stop for a
moment and try to understand your
own feelings. If you have questions,
ask them in a considerate way.
Express your ideas, feelings, and
concerns and listen to the other
person. This is, of course, exactly
how strong and lasting friendships
are formed.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot....
because I would like to sign this
but I know that if I do it will hurt
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my career...and I hope that someday, with your help, I won't have to
worry anymore.
Seizures stifle gay/lesbian literature
by Graham Cameron
Citing a long history of unwarranted discrimination against
importing gay and lesbian literature, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Little Sisters bookstore have filed a co-action lawsuit
against Canada Customs.
Labelling the restriction of
written material as the "purest
form of the censorship," BCCLA
president Philip Bryden said
Canada Customs regularly seizes
books destined for Little Sisters.
Bryden, who teaches law at
UBC, e'.ognizes that under Canadian custom tariff laws, books
that are obscene may be seized.
But he argues that the way the
laws are applied violates a person's
right to free expression under the
Canadian Charter of Rights.
The present system, he said,
is based on an unacceptable "reverse onus procedure." In most
cases the onus is on the Crown to
prove guilt, but in these actions it
the materials are not obscene.
Challenging this "assumption
of guilt" bias of the Canada Customs regulations will be a central
element of the BCCLA and Little
Sisters' case, according to Bryden.
"In the way that they're applied, there is a discrimination
against those who want to read
gay and lesbian literature and this
is a violation of the equality provisions of the Charter," Bryden
said.
Bryden also said that some
books which have been banned
from Little Sisters can be found in
more mainstream bookstores.
"Custom officials are looking
at these books, and because it's
gay and lesbian literature and
because it's going to a gay and
lesbian bookstore, they target it,"
he said.
The accusation that Canada
Customs discriminates against
importing gay and lesbian literature is a charge that has been
outside ofthe gay communities for
many years.
In December 1986, Canada
Customs seized two shipments of
literature worth more than $20,000
headedfor Little Sisters bookstore,
according to an article in The
Vancouver Sun.
Moreover, Jim Deva, co-owner
of Little Sisters, said the timing of
the seizures was not a coincidence.
Together they accounted for about
60 per cent of the store's stock for
Christmas—often the peak sales
period in a year.
As a result of this and similar
incidents dealing with Glad Day
Bookstore in Toronto (which recently went out of business after
20 years), many believe Canada
Customs is trying to put gay and
lesbian bookstores out of business.
According to The Vancouver
Sun article, "Canada Customs cited
possible violations of regulations
banning the importation of obscene
material."
on, "among the books seized are
works of fiction by respected authors that are available at the
Vancouver Public Library and can
be bought at other bookstores in
the city."
David Kerfoot, an employee at
Duthie's, said at the time: "If these
books were classified as obscene,
so would a substantial portion of
books sold by Duthie's.
"It's obvious that some customs officer has decided he doesn't
like gay folks and somebody should
blow the whistle on them for doing
this," he said.
On July 14, 1990, Globe and
Mail journalist H.J. Kirchhoff reported blatant discrepancies over
how Canada's anti-obscenity laws
apply to heterosexual and gay and
lesbian erotica.
Casual perusal of any bookstore, video shop, or convenience
store, he wrote, wouldreveal many
violations ofboth the Canada Tariff
Act (the laws which determine
and Canada Customs internal
Memorandum D9-1-1 which details how the Tariff Act is to be
interpreted by customs officials.
According to Kirchhoff, one
would find many "depictions or
descriptions of anal penetration,
including depictions or descriptions
involvingimplements of all kinds,"
as well as material "depicting or
describing sex with violence, sexual
assault, bondage, incest, bestiality
and the whole of range of practices
proscribed by Memorandum D9-1-
1."
"In fact," he added, "heterosexual books and magazines are
often far more explicit than gay
books that are routinely detained."
In the opinion ofthe BCCLA,
Little Sisters, the now defunct Glad
Day, and many other advocates of
gay/lesbian rights, homophobia
biases Customs' application ofthe
anti-pornography laws.
These people argue that such
subtle discrimination must be
February 14,1991
THE UBYSSEY/7 lesbianTgayanIBISEXUAUSSUE
Dr. Peter: patient and professional on AIDS
by Rebecca Bishop
"I think that in
general, whether it's
AIDS or any other
gay issue, we have to
get the information
out that AIDS is not a
gay disease. But you
can't talk about AIDS
in the 1990's without
talking about
homosexuality, and
vice versa."
So said Dr. Peter, both a doctor and a patient. He was diag«
nosed with HIV four years ago
and within the last year has lost
his vision as a result of an AIDS
related virus. Dr. Peter has since
been doing educational talks to
various groups, and most notably.
has started a series of interviews
on CBC television about his experiences as a doctor dealing with
AIDS patients, and his personal
experiences as a patient himself.
"What has become evident
quite recently is that for the most
part, university students have
some basic information about
AIDS but they don't seem to realize, or feel, that it is applicable to
themselves, that it is not a threat.
Therefore it is not necessary for
them to be practicing safe sex. I
guess its not a matter of giving
people an AIDS 101 course, as
much as to stress the reality of
the situation and get across to
students that this is a threat to
anyone who is sexually active regardless of their sexuality.
Ubyssey: How does being a
doctor affect your ability to
reach people?
"Well, I think that it has given
me a degree of credibility to talk
about the issues, both health and
psycho-social, because I can speak
both as a patient who has been
affected directly but also as a
physician who has looked after
his patients.
Ubyssey: What has been the
response from the program on
CBC?
"It's received a very good response from a real variety of
sources, and it seems to have hit
a much broader audience than I
expected. To a certain degree I
thought that it would be preach-1
ing to the converted. And to soma
degree that's true, but on the oth<$r
hand the feedback that CBC and
I have been getting is that a lot of
people who I would not have expected have become very interested and involved in following
the series. It's really rewarjhng
getting feedback from people because it's obviously touching them
on a level that reading aboutit in
the newspaper or whatever way
that just does not reach people in
the same way.
Ubyssey: Is it a big part ofthe
educational process to personalize AIDS?
"I really believe it is. The
things that convinced me that this
might have some effect on cllsSf-
people was just looking at what
affected me and as you can well
imagine I have read everything
in the popular press and otherwise
about AIDS certainly since I was
diagnosed. Just seeing lists of
stats or projections have never
done much for me. About two and
a half years ago there was an
article in Time magazine titled
AIDS: Putting A Face To the Disease, and there were over 400
photograph* of people who had
died of AIDS. Its just page after
. page of drivers-licence-size photos, with Joe Blow, butcher, Louisville Kentucky, something like
thatjustaname, occupation, and
where they were from. You realize that these are just Joe average
people out there, and when you
look at papers and pages of these
people who were affected by this
and were killed by this, that's
incredibly powerful.
Ubyssey: How has your life
changed?
"I would say in general my
life continued on the same path
that I wanted it to in a lot of ways
after my diagnosis, but in the
same respect I think that I have
altered my focuses in some way.
What I deem to be important or
valuable has changed, and I
definitely think for the better.
Certainly the raostrecent changes
have been brought aboutby being
blind. Instead of practicing in the
way I was taught to think in
working as a CrP, I am doing it in
a slightly altered way, hopefully
being able to educate people with
some of that same information. I
have saidbefore that the last four
years have been the best four
years, and I believe that very
much. You value it a lotmore.you
tend to squeeze out the very most
you can ou t of every day when you
know that you may not be around
much longer. That is not to say
that I am pessimistic about what
is going to happen. I still remain
very optimistic. AIDS is becoming
more a chronic affliction than a
fatal diagnosis, and people will
survive for longer periods of time
and be able to have fulfilling lives
with just paying closer attention
to their health and being on
medications.
Ubyssey: What about your
personal life? There is the assumption that as soon as you
are diagnosed HIV positive
you become celibate. Are you?
"I think that a lot of people
feel that, if not by choice on your
own part, who the hell is going to
wafit to sleep with you? As a matter of fact I have had three significant relationships since I was
diagnosed with AIDS. The last
one that began almost four
months ago has been the most
meaningful of all the relationships
I have had before. The interesting
thing about this is I met this person after I went blind. I have
never seen this person. It puts a
whole different perspective on
what it's like to meet a prospective new love interest because all
ofthe superficial crap that we are
taught to think is important does
not exist. What I get is the true
person, and I think it is a much
healthier foundation for falling
in love with someone. Its too bad,
but its the reality of the situation.
Ubyssey: How did you lose
your sight?
"It's something that most
people don't associate with AIDS
but .that has to do with his tori-
ca|h/ people have not lived long
eftqjjm to develop this problem.
It's cM^t^totrieg^lo virus, or
CMV retinwift. Itis a very common virus that at worst, in a
healthy individual, may'eaJftsea
mono-like syndrome, with generally flu-like symptoms. The vast
majority of people have been exposed to it at some, time^Jr^^gme-
onewriiaiuormalMmliisylfem
the virus stays in the system but
remains inactive and does not
cause a problem. But in someone
with a damaged immune system,
the virus can reactivate and cause
a variety of problems, one of which
is an infection ofthe retina which
can lead to partial or total blindness. It is becoming more of a
common problem with PWA's as
they start living longer. At this
point we have two medications
which are both fairly toxic, both
which have to be given intravenously on a daily basis. They slow
viral growth but they don't get rid
of the infection. So they may buy
you some time as far as keeping
your vision, but they don't prevent it from progressing in a
longer term sense. Once the retina
is infected, it is an irreversible
thing.
"It was hard to imagine losing my vision completely. Once I
knew, that it was going to be gone,
the reality hit home and I started
to prepare for being without it. I
did things like get in touch with
the CNIB (CanadianNational Institute for the Blind), anj registered with them, and started arranging things around the house.
Because the more I lost my vision,
the harder it became to do things
around the house. Because even
when I had a bit of vision, and I.
put something down, I would have
to spend half an hour looking for
it. I realized that things were going to have to go in this certain
spot and bereturned to that same
spot: I figured that as much as it
was against my nature I was really going td have to become obsessive-compulsive. And it has
made my life easier.
"The one thing I may have
become obsessed with is the im-
portanceof stayingfitand strong
because when I got oUtof hospital
after my diagnosis, and Ihad been
flat on my back for three weeks, I
was really frightened and really
horrified at how weak I had become and how much my body had
wasted away. I became really determined that I was going to become really physically strong.
Becau se if I ever had another bout
like that it might be necessary to
for me to pull through.
"I think there are some people
who could not cope with the situation [Trill in, so how could I be
possibly coping with the situation? Because they don't think
they can cope, they run screaming
in the other direction. That's too
bad and oftfen I wonder what can
I do to help these people, and at
the same-time have sometimes
gotten frustrated with their inabilities to cope. Which may not
entirely be fair, but you can't just
tell them *how much am I jollying
them through this?'And that does
happen often. I think one reason
why in a broader sense the "public", if you want, has difficulty
dealing with handicapped people,
is a lot of people don't see how
they can cope getting around in a
wheelchair, or getting around being completely blind or whatever.
So they don't want to see those
people doing that kind of thing.
Thaf s happened a bit, and I know
that thaf shappened to patients I
have looked after."
Ubyssey: How important has
family support been to you?
"Oh I think it has been extremely important, particularly
when I was in the hospital at a
time when I was not certain that
I was going to survive. And I had
friends and family come to visit
and renew how much it meant to
them that I got out of the hospital. As much as it meant to me to
know, I was also pulling for a lot
of other people as well. It made
the fight all that much more worth
while and subsequently, in a less
traumatic sense, the continuous
battle. It's given me a lot of
strength emotionally, but from a
practical sense, now someone has
to help me go buy groceries or
something.
Ubyssey: AIDS has been a
large exercise in coming out.
Were you out to family and
friends?
"I was out to the vast majority of my friends and my sister
and brother in law, but I was not
out to my parents. So for them it
was finding out that I was gay
and that I had AIDS all at the
same time. So then, when I de-
cided to go on television, that was
comingout in a major way.
"This was a coming out for
my parents too, because in a lot of
ways they had not really dealt
With my situation and they had
not really talked with anyone,
with any of their close friends,
with one exception, or even with
some family members. It put them
in the situation that these people
were going to find out, so they
determined that they would like
to let these people know in advance rather than them tuning in
and seeing Peter on television. I
think they were afraid that they
were going to be j udged more th an
I was going to be judged, and none
of that came to pass.
I guess it's not a
matter of giving
people an AIDS 101
course, as much as to
stress the reality of
the situation and get
across to students
that this is a threat
to anyone who is
sexually active
regardless of their
sexuality.
"For patients I have dealt
with, again there are the two issues to deal with, and in many
cases they are not'that out with
their families andfoey are reluctant to discuss the Issue. Not so
much that they are afraid of the
AIDS issue but they are afraid of
the being gay issue. And in some
cases I guess it has forced their
hands particularly if their health
is really bad, and they feel they
have to tell their friends. Some
people just choose net to. I think
this has happened a lot with this
illness particularly in large urban centres where people, having
grown up in Creston, BC or the
like, wondering 'can I live my life
here?' Not thinking it possible,
they strike out for the nearest
urban centre where they can on
the one hand become anonymous
in alarge crunch of people, and on
the other hand meet people with
like interests andassume another
life*; Bat if-JSjwddenly you find
yourself sMS|>you have enough to
deal wftfcf "^without having to go
home and explain to your parents
the situation. I think many people
have gotten sick and died without
their family having any idea what
has been going on. I think that's
really sad, because my experience
with patients has been that often
faced with both fates, instead of
being rejected they have been very
much supported.
"So for many people it is a
coming out process. Strangely
enough, I think there is also a comingout process within the gay community, and sadly enough the social stigma surrounding AIDS does
not just exist within the straight
community. There is still, I think,
a stigma within the gay community
that if you are HIV positive, then
you must have been a real tramp.
And people are very frightened of
who finds out. I don't think it's true
of some cities like San Francisco
where so many people have been
affected that there is virtually no
one in the gay community in those
cities that doesn't know someone
who has been affected. And their
attitudes are much more understanding and I don't think there is
that fear of rejection from your
own community as there is in
Vancouver.
Ubyssey: How is this going to
change? Will it as more people
contract AIDS?
"Well that's what I'm afraid is
going to have to happen, and I
mean not just to have effect on the
gay community but on the straight
community as well. You look at
San Francisco. Over 7,000 people
have died—that's one per cent of
the population in that city. So anyone gay or straight is going to know
someone who has died. It's really
sad that the numbers have to get to
that point before people start
showing awareness or concern or
involvement or whatever. I think
Vancouver's community has shown
that it can achieve something by
Celebration '90, which was a fantastic success. But I don't know
where all that enthusiasm is when
it comes to this issue. Younger gay
men just do not see this as an issue
for themselves. A recent article
cited a trend that HIV infection is
on the increase in a sub set of the
population, in younger men in the
18-30 range. The attitude in that
particular group had been that if
they didn't sleep with people who
were say 30 or older who were
around when the plague started,
then they would be safe. And that's
not in fact the case.
Ubyssey: You said that lesbians are the lowest of risk
groups. Has this created division between gay men and
women?
"No, I think. I know that in New
York, as horrible as it is, AIDS has
pulled together the gay community politically, emotionally, and
so on, not just the male gay community but gay men and women,
and gay women have really become
involved. For many of them it's an
issue to help and be supportive, be
politically active and getting things
done about AIDS, even though it's
not really for most gay women a
concern. I think for gay women the
biggest risk would be from sharing
needles. The only other way it
would be a concern woul d be I think
if they shared a dildo or something
like that, some sort of insertive
device, or bisexual women who
have had male partners who were
in a higher risk group. I often
wonder if gay men would get as
involved if this were an issue for
gay women. Gay men seem to have
trouble getting involved even
though it's an issue for themselves."
8/THE UBYSSEY
February 14,1991 LGB ISSUE
Gay is
(not) just sex
How many times have you
read or heard somebody mutter
the words that homosexuality is
not just sex? Every time I hear this
phrase being espoused by so called
liberal mi nded i ndivi dual s who are
either very gay positive or are gay
themselves, I personally feel like
saying, "Who the hell are you trying to kid?"
If being gay is not just sex,
then what is it JUST? I understand why they say this phrase
over and over again—because they
are tired of being emotionally and
intellectually bashed around by
intolerant or uninformed people
who see homosexuality as a sexual
deviation. Those misinformed
masses do not see homosexuality
as an emotional and intellectual
orientation that mirrors
hetrosexuality.
Just as straight people fall in
and out of love, care for each other
in a mutually comforting manner,
and shed tears of'happiness when
in the midst of a joyful occasion,
Gay and Bisexual people experience the same emotions. When one
loves or cares for another, it is
irrelevant whether they are your
sister or brother, boyfriend or
girlfriend, or just a female human
being or male human being. The
feeli ngs one experiences are unique
to those two people involved.
I may care for my one sister in a
certain way, and for my other sister in a totally different manner.
Thus, love and caring can be seen
as gender neutral or inconsequential. The only time that gender
does not become relevant, tends to
be when one falls "In Love."
Falling "In Love" couples both
the emotional attraction one feels
for another person (gender neutral) and the physical. It is only
now that people seem to focus on
the differences between gay people
and straight. They too often ignore
the emotional similarities and
concentrate on who is doing what
to whom. Sexual attraction—the
term I will use for physical attraction one experinces for someone
else—is not wrong. Sexual attraction is but one factor of many that
creates a strong and healthy relationship.
Gay men can often love
women, just as straight men love
women. Similarly, gay women can
often love men emotior ' "dy, just as
do straight women. However, and
this is where the only difference
exists, gay men are predominatly
attracted to other men, and gay
women are predominatly attracted
to other women. One could then
say that "gay is JUST sex." But as
I stated before, sex is not bad or
wrong.
If sexual attraction with another consenting adult is bad, then
wouldn't all forms of sexual attraction be equally wrong? I do not:
refer to a moral or religious sense
of right or wrong, but to a sense of
equity and humanity with which
each of us are born. It is my wish to
help germinate and foster these
seeds of humanity, tolerance, and
understanding.
It is for this very reason that 1
write this letter, in hope that a
clearer understanding of the
phrase "gay is not just sex" will
occur. It is also the reason that I do
not sign my name—because it is
irrelevant whether I be male or
female, straight or gay, or any other
in correct label one might use to
categorize me.
Being gay
transcends politics
by Gerald Williams
For most people, being a homosexual does not mean a life of
anti-war or pro-peace rallies; or
fighting to end discrimination
against people of colour; or fighting sexism; or helping to keep our
planet green. Let's face it, most of
the heterosexual people who uphold these noble ideals still get
uncomfortable when they see you
kiss your same sex partner.
Oh sure they can "understand
and accept" homosexuality, but
they still hope that their kid isn't
one, or that you don't come onto
them. Neither would most of these
highly "enlightened" friends like
to be labelled homosexual by their
enlightened friends.
Beinghomosexual has nothing
to do with your politics unless you
want it to. Activism for homosexual s i s social, whether you want
it to be or not.
No, you don't have to wear a
pink triangle to be an activist or
even conform to either the heterosexual or homosexual stereotype
of a "lifestyle." All you have to do is
be yourself.
This is very easy to say, but if
you do it, all your worst fears
probably won't come true. Being
yourself means nothing more than
not compromi sing the fact that you
are homosexual when someone
asks if you are dating anyone or, if
someone remarks about the attractiveness of a member of the
opposite sex, remark back about
who you think is attractive.
It is very easy to let others
dictate what the norms of society
are. Speak out. If you do it in a
manner that isn't the "hey look at
me I'm a homosexual" sort of way,
(which so many heterosexuals find
spooky), but in a way that is natural and that is you, the results will
be astounding.
Come out to GLUBC
The feeling of isolation can
quite often be an intense experience.
Yet this isolation can be lifted
if one just takes a small step. By
coming out to the Gays and Lesbians discussion group every
Wednesday night from 5 p.m. to 7
p.m., in room 215 SUB, you can
meet other individuals who have
felt different, out of place, and isolated.
Here we discuss a variety of
different topics, from graffiti and
what it means, to national politics
and their effect on homosexual and
bisexual people. By participating
in the discussion group, even if you
have come to grips with your own
sexuality (whether it be bi. straight,
or gay), you can help to spread understanding to many inquisitive
minds, as well as learn a bout the
perspectives of others.
Next week, the group will be
meeting to share how, when, and
why gay andbisexual people COME
OUT to their friends and family. If
you're unsure about yourself or
about your friends and family who
have just opened up to you, feel free
to drop in and participate in the
discussion.
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Happy Colour Valentines Day
February 14,1991
THE UBYSSEY/9 A
Querida Qremlina,
Como dsolque ce da vida crfdiay como la
[una aiumBra di nocht, siempre estate a
tu lado!
Tu querido gremlino.
Dearest Nipper, Happiest V-Day!!!.
I love you!! Saving my sweetiest
okole for you!! Love universally
yours, honiest bunniest
XXXLLOOO.
Dan W.:
The "Loveshack" Isa little of place
where we can get together.
"Mae"
SEAN,
Hey my little cumquat! You hot,
sexy man with the awesome ass
(and I do stress AWESOME!), and
fantastic smile. Here is to another
greatyear. Happy Valentine's Day,
Sexy!
- Kissy, Kissy, Smooth -
Love C.B.
Dear Fluff Puff,
Elephant Shoes!
Love Snaggler
Wes & Misch,
Happy Valentine's Day!
Ha-man.
"Salad' Charlotte,
Happy Valentine's Day!
"He-man" Ha-man.
Sweetcheeks,
Fll always love you!
Cutie
P.S. You've got a sexy body.
Ragamuffin
It could only be this way w/u. Cuddly
Accorn, 4FR keep us true, 4 I M
yours and U R mine, & this is my 2nd
Best Valentine with you...
Snugglebunch
M. U-Roo
Ever Joyful, thankful, too that
I have met someone like you
(could this be true? I don't
know.)
forever, Pom-pom.
AHEAN
A name
An Island
A Boy
AERAN
His Name
His Smile
My Joy.
VJIL'E9^TI9^E'S iM'ESS.ylG'1
'^^
To my little squeeker.
The love we share is like no other
We laugh, we cry, we trust each
other.
Every now and then the brightness
catches my eye,
As I look down and smile at the
symbol of our commitment
And the dreams that come to life.
As my thoughts continuously wander
To the day I become your wife.
Yours little Hugwamp.
The computer says it's
cuddle time!   Happy
Valentine's Day Natasha.
Love your Robbie-Bears.
Paul, would-be lawyer from the
East: I'm a singin' Xian too.
Come by... may be we could go
for coffee?
Aries Cancer Virgo Libra Pisces
you guys are great. Frostbite &
flowers... go Italy! - Thanks for
your support. L. P.S. Fred called.
Pom-Pom
As they say in Maori, I don't
know. So here's to many more
years to come
Love U-Roo.
Happy Valentine's Day, Dude!!
My search for you was a trivial
pursuit, but I finally got my pie!
Kees me, you fool! I love U. Love,
funny face.
'Dearest Ghuza,
Je t 'aime beucoup.
Love, Zaitza
Alice Jenne: When I wander the
halls of the2nd floor, I amreminded
of the work you've done to make
my day. Thank you for speaking
what I needed to hear.
Love Chung.
Dear Silly Bunny,
I love you to minced bits!
Let's   go   hang   some
shelves...
Your Old Bean
Dearest M.,
You know I love you so,
Together we'll always
be.
But one thing I must
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Will you marry me?
Love A.
P.S. Happy Valentine's
Day
To Cutie-Pie
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I'11 always love you
A*?d Teddy will too!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Love, Sweetcheeks
John-ooh, you're passionate.
You can light my fire anytime.
Happy Valentines Love San
"Eskimo, Butterfly!"
Hello Sally-Ann (the original
Sally-Mander)
Is it long-term? I hope so since
we need time to "practice"....
Just remember, the eyes are
watching! Thanks for saying
yes! Love Mr. Potato Head '83.
MGT (aka the most beautiful girl
in the world): Warm Valentine
greetings to you who makes me
smile every time I see you -
whether it's eight or late makes
no difference - thanks for being a
friends, eh? DLMB
Wanda,
Like the sunrise of a new day
YOU excite ME in every way
I can't believe Its true
I'm in LOVE with YOU!
Hugs & Kisses, #6
Chere P.
Sur la plage de cette
petitie isle sous la lune
pleine yai tombe
profondement en amour.
Gateusement je cache
dans mon coeur la
memoire de toi dans mes
bras et la regarde dans
tes yeux. Je t'aime
comme un fou et je
faimerais pour toute
l'eternite. Ma chere P,
sans toi, le monde de ce
sot romanesque-ci est un
monde sans couleur... T.
Sue,
skate with me to a place
where we can waltz face to
face.
Soft turf will tie us every
race and our left handed flick
will float with grace.
(Don't forget the magic fridge
with a never empty case). J.B
Jzaneen, I love you.
Mu princess at Queen's
Happy Valentine's
'Miss you lots
Love 'Kreamy
To Swan
The distant romance will begin
to look more promising.
- The Mute Swan -
Dubie
My little vagabond
Come with me on a trip
Around your room?
Happy V-Day.
All my love, Dubi®
HAPPY VALENTINES WATSON!
There are many great things in this
world
That I enjoy to do
The one which I treasure the most
Is hangin' out with you.
Love from the Big Guy.
Just wrote 3 exams
Creativity's not at its peak
But I'm compelled to write
A poem to my lovin sweet-cheeks
To beat the publisher's deadline
Tried rhyming peanut, sweet-pea
& cheese
With no luck at all
I gave up with a wheeze
The point is I love you
Of that I am sure
If you feel the same
Then it's amour (toujours)
Jonathan - I'm looking forward
to a very special day in July and
our best year together yet. Let's
buy those matching rocking
chairs because my love for you is
stronger than ever!
Danishka
Anti-Valentine
Your take your heart, you walk
away -
you think that I won't tough it?
You keep your heart, your walk
away -
you take your love, and stuff it!
Amore, Brianus
R.L. (My T.M.N.T.)
I love you more each day.
Happy Valentine's, Dear.
Love, L.M.
Celebrate our first V's Day
With all my love
Sugar Free
MiaF.
I love you more than words can
ever begin to describe. Please be
min
Robert K.
To Amanda "Did my heart love till
now? Foreswear it sight, for i Ne'er
saw true beauty till this night" 8/11/
90 Love Keith
Dearest Connie:
Wihheonpie'imgweittthoysoeue
Eyvoeuriyndyaoyuirs
Vbailkeinntiisnoeosn
Love always
Circle F.
Lana Banana, darn tooting, Happy
Valentine's Day, love you, don't go
changing... darn tooting, love L.
Colin. Its been a long time since
anyone made me smile til my face
hurt. You do much for my spirits.
How can a cynic believe in love?!
Beck.
Kristine
I don't have much to say that you
haven't heard before angel. Just
keep remembering that you are
and always will be, the girl of my
dreams. I still love you as passionately today as I did the first day we
"hugged".
-Brad
Y.C.W.
No matter, what happen in the
future, I will always be there for
you. Love you forever.
Love C.C.W.
Tart,
My love for you boils over more and
more everyday I spend with you, I
love you, ya big tart. I always will!
Will you be my Valentine and
kaboodle with me all night long?
■ Geek
ToTJ^/Bucki this lastyearandahalf
has Bun the greatest. I love you
forever! Love Leonard
Gilldermeister!
This coupon entitles you to 5 consecutive "sports page" - free days!
You're the best. A.B.
Cheesebuns
I would like to give you a
squeeze, under some weeping
willow trees.
Cover you with kisses rub
your knees, and shower you
with tons of cheese. Can I?
Love you forever
Punkinhead
Some girls think flowers are fine
For some chocolates are dandy
As for us, on valentines
We just want cake and candy!
(Read Jake and Andy)
We hope you boys deliver!
SP and CM
Josefina
'Dos Talabras
9duy JaciC
TeAmo
Gordito
To M: Happiness is a bottle of
Okanagan wine, a gas fireplace
& you. Be mine 4ever. Love S.
Catherine and Maria
My two crutches who have
proppedmeup time and time
again. Love you, your
friendship means everything.
XO Jacqueline
Jeff/Conan
The warmth and laughter
that you have given me
leaves me in an intoxicated stupor.   Forgive
me if I stagger.   Love
your buddy!!
Bo-fish
I loue your carrot!
Bugs
To all my loved one(s):
You're so lovely & Loveable!!!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Derek T.
Dear Ivy,
I love you with all my heart and soul.
Please forgive me this message, but it
was the best way I could think of to let
you know how I feel.
Love, Chris
JJC:
You can't dress but I love
you. Here's to togetherness
at the CSL.
Witty
Sweet Tooth,
There's sugar on my lips
A sway in my hips
"Honey in my thighs
%.nd love in my eyes.
Love main squeeze #54
Dear Mable,
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Valentine's Day is "sappy"
But I love you.
Love, Dean L.
To: Beautiful strength
Happy Valentine's Day! Be my
Valentine! One condition:
NO BITING!
Love, Thumper
Afy Dearest Be-Bee Darling:
I need you and I miss your kisses!!
I will be back soon!  So we can...
again andagain!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!
Your beloved Bo Bo
A mon petite chou chou.
Mon ctieux! Quelle
femme. C'est etteonant
que tu es encore mon amie
- moi - un babouin! Mais
je ne peux pas me plaindre.
Tu f ais tous mes jours plus
interessant et passionnant
- Ton esclare d'amou
To my Rockman
Foo-Foo!
Onions
To Ranjit:
I Love you.
Your sweet baboo.
E.H.
Wanting needing waiting
For you to justify my love
Hoping, praying
For you to justify my love
A hopeful admirer
Nomis
I daily perceive
Your masculine form,
My wishful gaze
Holding and loving you
As Alexandre loved Antinous
To Mr. Tickle
Happy 6th Valentine together.
Lotsa love, Not-ticklish
J.SAJI. (Berio devotee):
Here's to that evening a year
ago when snow and malt beverages conspired in our favor.
Thank you for many hours of
delicious lolling and
Coquihalla adventures. Happy
Valentine's Day.
Love, M.L.M. XXXOOO
Sarbear,
In blissful ignorance I succumb to
senseless realization. I am falling -
catch me and be mine. Mf
Dear Boopsie
We' 11 stick together; forever!
Love,   Whoopsie
10/THE UBYSSEY
An unexpected song
JLH
Gillian
So, you  think  that  I  am
dum.
Oh,  I  know  that  that  is
true
Nothing but you can make
me colorfully smile!
I doubt you'll euer see me
as I see you
Rnd   yet,   I   do   hope   to
glimpse   you   once   in   a
while.
February 14, 1991 To Timmy;
Over thousands of miles
Over the test of time
I ask of your love
I hope you will be mine.
Love Tippy
Bullet—Strong as a cowboy? Nay,
weak, weak am I from thy SCUDS
of love that pierce my heart.
— Thrasher XOXO
Hokus Pick!
23 months of making "wonderful
music together"! I'm excited to see
what else our father has planned!
Your love, wisdom, joy, passion
and craziness make me complete.
I hate this day, but you make it lots
better. Thanks, Pook. You're cool.
Love, your Princess.
Bruce C.
You got me hotter than Georgia
Asphalt!!!!
Prom your
Wild at Heart Pug
Bunkins. I miss you. I love you.
I'm always swimming when I'm
with you. All my love, Muffin.
2 YEARS, FUZZ
Meows and Frugs from Duck
Yashmin Nanji,
Will you be my Valentine?
Luv S.A.
G.Kitten
***MWA***
Love Keychain
To my little wifey
Happy Valentine's Day Babe
You always have and always
Will make my heart whine
Lookin forward to living in
The fort with you.
Luv ya lots
Karen, only 313 shopping days till
Christmas! Have a happy
Valentine's Day.
Dearest Amazing Schmoo!!
Wanna touch tongues??
Love, your little marsupial
Jill H.
You've shined in my eyes
Every day since we met
You glow in my heart
0, baby, lets christen your vette
Love M.
To my Bambi Eyes,
Have you watched any Dick
Clark Live lately?
Be my Valentine!
Luv, Thumper
p.s. Yes I know where Regina is.
Hart baby, if you've got the log I've
got the flame!
Lets do lunch, Margo K.
To my Hunka Hunka Bumin' Luv!
Oh Baby Oh Baby Oh Baby Oh!
Do me Valentine! Love Dish.
To my Darling Sugarplum Pumpkin:
Deep in my heart lies a...
wiggly-squirmy for you! Remember?
Be mine! Your loving Burbo.
ToKGP
It never ceases to amaze me that
you are willing to commit, to make
it work, with a rather convoluted
person like me.
I just adore you!
33 hugs and kisses
M.
Patsy,
Simple said, I love you.
Your Studmuffin
Laur, I look forward to having the
time to bake you cookies and just
spend time doing nothing. Hugs,
ves. Lots and lots. Bee.
Dear Dave,
Mou ichinen ni narukedo
boku no kimie no ai
wa masu bakari desu.
Love, Gerald
Denie,
Your spirit syrengthens me
Your independence inspires
me
Yours,
A. Care Bear
CHRIS
You aMUSE me
Hoping you'll read this.
Looking forward to talking
across the board
Paul
Becca
thanks for all the support
life has changed so much in the
last year.
Glad you were there to share
it,
Paul (the kid)
Yeena:
I know things have been less
than   ideal   this   year   but
Ubyssey drudgery can't last
much longer (nor can I). It is
definitely daylight at the end
ofthe tunnel, not the headlight
of an oncoming train. Things
will be getting "more better"
soon. Thanks for putting up
with all of this.
gnaw-oy-nay, beaucoup
29
p.s. It's been an amazing three
years.
Don't shimmy on my body.
Powbella's heart is warm.
Effervescence.
Bubble    on    oh   POWerful
woman.
Love and a smooch or two,
Bee.
To the best fuck in town.
You are no gentleman.
Lust,
Hot Lips.
Nancy-with-a-bang,
On Valentine's day the neurotic
take solice with each other.
Love,
Effie.
Bek:
my tongue on the top of your prickly
head, long hugs bring odd comfort.
thanks,
-L.
Frankie Lo Dinosaur,
Get well damn it.
Martin
'DearestSteven, SWM, 28, ns, seeks politically
you remember how to whistle don't correct SF, to discuss intimate
you? Just put your dps together and housing issues and basketball.
blow. Must live inillegal basement suite.
fabulous getting to know you - Contact "Suites', 228-2301.
"Heady Like,
Johanna
choice
To the best looking, smartest,
kindest, most lovable person in the
whole wide world. Myself. My &
myself 4-ever. I love me!
Elizabeth B,
Just for being you.
Lets get together sometime.
Don
Kisses with many lips,
Three fish lips and more love to go
please.
Sleeps with nosnore.
Laurie, love:
I'm so discouraged about it. About
lifting belly. I question.
What did you say about accepting.
Yes.
Lifting belly, another lifting belly.
Lifting belly articulately. It is not a
problem.
Kissing and singing,
Krishna.
Sch wester,
You are the only valentine I'll
ever need.
Love Nadene.
Pookie,
Hug,   hug,
Schnuggle,   sigh
Ahhh,   blisss,   bliss,
I dream it  a lot.
Y.B.
Despite    it    being    a
Hallmark holiday.
HiBarb,
Wanna be my Valentine or what?
Love Rick
(the bureau)
Dear Inspector Clouseau,
I'm hot for your body, Homeboy!
Signed,
Your ever faithful manservant
(the little yellowman),
Kato.
'Pookie, again
get those damn teeth out of my y/Bs
LoveJ.'B
Becka,
Thanks for covering those phone
bills.
M.C
Cookie,
O skirio kjmi ti.
just making up for the lack_ojone Cast year.
yrs.
Krish:
If you were here I'd buy you
Brussels chocolates and take
you to a lousy movie. Good food,
good friends and good music
are contentment.
Peace,
-your former lust cookie
Lyanne, my love, my life, my
mentor. I will never wipe my
muchrooms with a damp cloth
however.
You deserve more than a kiss. Hell,
so do I... Love baldy.
To two Daves, today
We send you our love
From the blond haired gals
Who are usuaHly above.
You're both thoughtful and
kind
With receding hairlines,
Won't you come out to play
This St. Valentine's Day?
Hugs and kisses to the Engineers.
Where would we be without you?
The Ubyssey.
Paul, You know I wouldn't be where I
am today without you. Damn you! I
miss the wrestling matches. But I think
we are both too exhausted to consider
beating the shit out of each other. Ah
well, such is life. Lots of love kiddo,
Rebecca.
To the mostAussem puterman the world
has ever known,.. Wait. What about
Peter?Nah, we gave him a beer garden.
So Ted, hope those bright and sunny
pastures are filled with buttercups and
squishy cowpies. You need surprises in
you life. No, we are not smiling. But thats
because its seven in the morning and it
aint in sight yet. Yeah, laugh, but just you
wait...
Luv luv luv tHE uBYSSEY.
Yes Peter, we love you too.
Come by for beer. By the way,
Gladys is having some
troubles... (tee hee)
Dear Alex
In the evolution
our resolutions
To love each other
More each passing day,
I must comment on your perfection
In natural selection
Of me are you love
For always
Love forever, Susan
Schnoomevviimps
To
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Aliza.T T T
"Pookiedoo"
Frank.
Carol forsythe
This University does not deserve
you. you deserve to be worshipped
and adored. 0% maybe just ap-
predatedalittle more. The llbyssey
egresses its thanks for your help
and commitment. (Perhaps we have
just cursed you with these words,
but hey, life has to be fun somehow...
Gerald, if you slober on my neck
once more you are going to blow my
cover. Not that I mind the attentions you chower over me. But hey,
we dont want to get your stud
muffin jealous... %.
SiftyTuttu, thankssweetieforBeing the affectionate, bright, caring, disciplined, environmental,
frankj,generous, healthy, innovative, just, kind, lovable, mathematical, nifty-compatible, open-
minded, peace-loving, quiet, radical, sensitive, true-to-yourself,
upbeat, vegetarian, weird, 7{p}{p,
young, zealous individualthatyou
are and for "belonging" to me!
Love, Silly 'J$lly Mbatross (oka
CDisaster Zone).
February 14, 1991
THE UBYSSEY/11 LESBIAN, GAY AND BISEXUAL ARTS
The Flirtations:
(from left to right)
John Arterton, Cliff Townsend,
Michael Callen, Jimmy Rutland,
and Aurelio Font.
W)\ M-
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The Flirtations tantalize
by Effie Pow
THERE is an art to flirting.
It is not simply coy blinks of
the eye or slow fingers through
the hair. A flirt is often someone
who creates a rapport with
sexual tension. But if you are a
Flirt from the Flirtations
sometimes music is the medium
to entice with.
A unique musical group from
New York is in Vancouver for
their Canadian premiere. The
Flirtations, a gay a capella
quintet, is making their way into
our hearts with their cheeky
renditions. Just as the group
members are diverse in backgrounds, their covers range from
50's to salsa to the Beach Boys.
The twist is the reclaiming of
lyrics to suit their gay personalities. The personalities in the
Flirtations include: Jon Arterton,
Aurelio Font, Jimmy Rutland,
Cliff Townsend and Michael
Callen.
MUSIC
The Flirtations
Vancouver East Cultural
Centre
February 12-16
After spending four hours at
the Canadian border on Monday,
the Flirtations were tired, and
had a few amusing stories to tell.
I spoke with the founder ofthe
group Jon Arterton, as well as
the other Flirts, later that
evening in their hotel.
Arterton founded the
original ensemble in January
1988, but he did not expect the
widespread popularity. The
Flirtations' original intention
was to perform for rallies, but
soon there were demands for
more appearances.
"In the fall of'87 about
600,000 queers gathered for a
march at the nation's capital
(Washington, DC). I was overcome with gay pride and influenced by a number of vocal
groups who played there."
Their poster provocatively
says "openly gay and damn
proud of it," but the consequences of that claim were
initially ambiguous. "We didn't
know what it really meant when
we said we were openly gay,
whether we would wear dresses
or whatever. We just wanted to
sing at rallies and the response
we got just gathered steam."
Arterton smiles warmly
when he maps out his personal
development according to the
Flirtations' career. "I was 38
when I came out with abandon.
The group was an ideal opportunity to combine my performing
interests, my creative interests
and my political interests.
"Forming the group has
given me a focus, like a calling
and not an amorphous thing like
it was before. Now it's just
around the corner," Arterton
says with optimism.
Through familiar songs like
Surfin' USA and the B-52's
Housework and the humour of
their lyric changes, the Flirtations share the political aspects
of their messages with ease,
especially for those uncomfortable with homosexuality. The
Flirtations want to break down
barriers with their style of
music, but it is challenging to
reach out to the people that
really need to listen. "We do play
for a heterosexual audience but
often they're converted. But
there are times when they're
initially reticent and then slowly
they warm up. I mean, everyone
likes music from the 50's—we
win them over so they'll listen;
we don't beat them over the
heads with it.
"When we first started, we
sang on the streets a lot. It's the
only way to test new stuff out.
People would stop and gather
around us and start clapping
away—then slowly they would
realize we had a few special
twists," Arterton says mischievously.
Arterton recognizes that
being gay is an integral part of
the Flirtations and knows the
weight it carries commercially.
"In some ways being gay has
hurt us—if we weren't so open,
we could've got onto this television show or that radio show.
But it's so much about what we
do, it's no longer an issue."
Smugly he adds: "Being gay
makes us unique and we have a
"ready-made' audience."
The Flirtations establish a
gay context in each song they
choose.
"That gay twist makes the
audience stay on their toes. They
have to catch the changes in the
words—we're not beyond making
sexual innuendo." Arterton says
this with some indication that in
fact they take great pleasure in
the sexual innuendo. Tantalizing
the listener this way, is what
flirting is all about.
The group takes prevalent
heterosexual lyrics and adjusts
them to show the rest ofthe
story. And gay communities can
sing along and cheer loudly
because they hear themselves
being sung about for a change.
To Know Him Is to Love Him is
just a regular 50's song, but
when men are singing it—you
know it just tilts it a little bit.
"It also adds a layer of
meaning. When we sing about
apartheid in South Africa or a
woman in a misogynist society,
there's another context that we
identify with."
The Flirtations are looking
forward to an even brighter
future but they are still in a
transitional stage of success. "It's
at that annoying point where it's
half way between part-time and
full-time. It's just enough to
prevent us from doing anything
constructive in our lives, but not
enough to pay the bills. I think
within a year, we'll get enough
bookings to keep us at it full-
time."
Michael Callen, co-founder
ofthe Persons With AIDS
Coalition among other inspiring
achievements, is also the
Flirtations' flamboyant diva. As
well he has his own solo album
called Purple Heart, and a pair
of nasty high heels. Diagnosed
with AIDS in 1982 he has been
scheduling his life tightly so he
has no time for death. Callen is
realizing that he wants to devote
more time to his music.
"I'm trying to dramatically
reinvent myself. I'm retiring
from public AIDS activism. I use
the gerund because it's an
ongoing process. I'd say 90 per
cent of my time is spent on
activism, five per cent on music
and five per cent on being a
housewife. I'm trying to divide
up that 90 per cent—like sleep
for a change."
"This is our fashion plate,"
Callen says of Jimmy Rutland,
the newest Flirt who grins shyly.
"If you give him a chance hell
change a couple of times during
the interview." Rutland joined t
after TJ Meyers, a former
member, died of AIDS; Rutland
has been with the Flirtations for
six months.
When the Flirtations
revealed that they had their
records with them, with the
intention of selling them in
Vancouver, the customs officer
detained them at the border.
Trying to make light of the
situation Callen said, "Well that
teaches us to tell the truth."
The customs officer reprimanded Callen adding, "No
Canadian would say that," and
went through every bag.
In addition to musical
paraphernalia, the customs
officer found Cliff Townsend's
sex toys. "Cliff carries sex toys
wherever he goes, for those slow
nights."
"Do you realize, being here
makes us officially international?" Aurelio Font says this
with a mixture of wonder and
amusement.
While photographs are being
taken, the group gathers informally around the hotel's fake
fireplace and sings Blue Moon
because it's a piece they "need to
practise." The singing is sweet
and I open the window so that
some lucky person walking by
might share the sounds of pure
human voices. Of course anyone
from the sidewalk would miss
the hugging and comic gestures
that accompany the piece.
The Flirtations will be
performing in the SUB Auditorium on Thursday. I hope I don't
have to remind you that this is
Valentine's Day. Bring some
chocolate and listen carefully.
12/THE UBYSSEY
February 14, 1991 I LESBIAN, GAY AND BISEXUAL ARTS
Lesbian folk musicians
alive and flourishing
by Laurie Newell
s~>* INGER-songwriter and
^^   activist Holly Near has
I^J   sai d that she has never
known a social change movement in
which music has not played a
significant part. The women's
movement, and the closely affiliated
lesbian liberation movement, are no
exception.
According to Connie Kuhns,
host of Co-op Radio's Rubymusic for
the past 15 years, women's music
was born during the "urgent times"
ofthe early women's movement of
the 1970's. In an article adapted
from her forthcoming book Rise Up!
A History of Women's Music in
Canada, Kuhns describes women's
music as a "reaction to that
nameless emptiness many of us felt
while listening to the radio," noting
that it "was rare to hear music
which accurately described our
lives."
On the cover of her 1974 album
I Know You Know, well-known
American lesbian musician, Meg
Christian describes women's music
as that which "speaks honestly and
realistically to women about our
lives—our needs, our strengths, our
relationships with each other, our
anger, our love." For many in the
women's movement, this music has
been a source of strength and a
vehicle by which to unite, both
politically and more personally.
Stylistically, much of the early
women's music had close affiliations
with the folk music ofthe time—
often overtly political lyrics with
minimal accompaniment on guitar
or piano. Indeed, Ellen Schwartz, in
the introduction to her book Born a
Woman, describes women's music
as "the intersection of folk music
and the women's movement."
In Canada, women's music has
flourished at many folk music
festivals across the country, while in
the United States, women's music
tends to appear more in the context
of autonomous women's festivals.
Such festivals now include the
Southern Women's Music and
Comedy Festival, a West Coast
Women's Music and Comedy
Festival, Rhythm Fest and the more
than 10 year old Michigan Womyn's
Music Festival.
While one may argue that in
early times, women's music was
linked to a particular musical style,
it is more clearly the lyrics which
have made the genre distinct.
Canadian women like Ferron
and Heather Bishop, and American
women like Meg Christian, Alix
Dobkin, Chris Williamson and
Holly Near have been writing and
singing the reality of lesbians and
other women since the 1970's.
According to Kuhns, it is the
work of women such as these that
has "paved the way for the freedom
of expression that newer female
artists now enjoy." A few of these
newer artists include Canadians
Faith Nolan, Lucie Blue Tremblay,
and Vancouver's Aya!, Americans
Jennifer Berezan, Dierdre McCalla,
Two Nice Girls and Phranc as well
as Aiistralia's Judy Small.
The degree to which these
women put out explicitly lesbian
music varies—to some it is more
integral to their lyrics than others.
All of them, however, also address
wider axial and political issues in
their work. They are women who
make music with, in Kuhns' words,
a commitment to "confronting
oppressive behaviour and bigotry."
In Mountain Song, Holly Near
sings defiantly, "I have dreamed on
this mountain since first I was my
mother's daughter...You may drive
a big machine, but I was born a
great big woman, and you can't just
take my dreams away."
In I Black Woman, Faith
Nolan asserts, "Dont call me your
mama, your sister, your girl; Don't
call me anything in your fantasy
world. I ain't voodoo queen, an
African dream, I'm my own woman
with my own damn scene. I black
woman will not be used."
In Kitchen Revolution, Jennifer
Berezan sings, There are men on
mountains...sending out their
armies all across this land, Trading
lives for profits with their demolition plans. But at the end of a hot
city day, or the edge of a campfire
glow, Look, see the vision in a rising
woman's soul."
As well, much of this music
women, including between lesbians.
Judy Small's No Tears for the
Widow illustrates the pain a lesbian
friend suffers when her partner dies
and she fails to get the social
acknowledgement with which
heterosexual women who lose their
husbands are privileged.
Laura Irene Wayne
This is music: that affirms
lesbian and women's realities,
challenges the status quo, and
asserts women's fewer to change
the world.
With the ongoing evolution of
music made by lesbians and other
women, the term "women's music"
has become somewhat nebulous, as
the diversity of musical styles
grows. The term 'women's music"
has also been seen as problematic in
that some would ssay it is simply a
euphemism for 'lesbian music"
According to Kuhns, this is an
ongoing topic of debate within the
women's music community in the
United States.
Schwartz sees the question
differently, saving the music put out
by such women is "women's music,
yes, but more than that, if s people's
music. It is not only for feminists,
not only for lesbians, not only for
people of a particular political
persuasion. It is for men, women
and children—anyone who wants to
listen to music that cares."
Perhaps Ferron says it best in
Stand Up (Love in the Corners), a
song encouraging all women and
men to embrace their entire selves.
She sings, Tm gonna stand up and
let myself be accounted for, stand
up now. Fve got tliis one life and
what's it to amount to if I don't
leam how to love you and love
myself beside you, if s the gentle
and proud. I want to love life, the
vision in the window told me 'Stand
up."
affirms relationships between
Loud disco causes homosexuality
by Anthony Berno
/hope that caught your eye.
This is totally untrue, but
is in fact a theory that was
once proposed to account for
homosexuality. A researcher put a
bunch of rats in a cage, played
extremely loud disco music, and
observed that the male rats showed
an increased tendency to mate with
each other as a result. (And you
thought that the Kaon factory was
a waste of research dollars!)
Anyway, it's a good example of
why you should be skeptical of
scientific research in general, and
research into homosexuality in
particular. For one thing, a lot of
this research is motivated by raw,
undisguised homophobia - lef s face
it, if you can link homosexuality
with some "unnatural" condition
like exposure to loud music, you can
then declare homosexuality to be a
disorder requiring treatment. In
other words, it's a great way to
make the "Love That Dare Not
Speak Its Name" go home and Shut
Up.
Other research is a product of
the Grovelling For Dollars game
that all academics get to play. It
doesn't matter what your research is
in this game; the guy with the most
publications wins. (Some journals
will print ANYTHING.) And, of
course, some ofthe most wonderful
theories in this area are just plain
fiction. If s always struck me as very
strange, but despite the wealth of
wonderfully nasty things you could
say about the gay community, the
enemies of gay liberation ignore
them all and make up the most
outrageous things they can imagine,
all in the name of making gays and
lesbians look bad. Did you know, for
example, that gay people go out and
recruit young children, making
them homosexual in order to
strengthen their ranks? After all,
gay people can't reproduce, so they
have to come from somewhere, don't
they? And what about how gay
people can't be RCMP officers? I
quote: "Could you imagine - a fairy
constable arresting a lumber jack
with a powder puff?" Well, I don't
remember who said that, bu': he'd
better watch out, because my lover
is a six foot, 220 pound slab of beefy,
hairy, sweaty, leather-clad muscle
and would be more than happy to
demonstrate his powder puff
technique on any lumberjack that
crossed his path.
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Easy for you to say
"I have AIDS." That's easy to
say to you cause I know you are
compassionate enough to understand and I've dealt with it now. It
wasn't always so easy to say
though. The first person I had to
tell it to was myself. That day in
the doctor's office when he told me
that I had PCP pneumonia. I was
devastated as I looked out the
window and thought my life was
over. Thenlnoticedthatwhilemy
life had just received a blow that
compared to nothing else, no one
stopped and pointed to the window.
Life went on. Everyone continued
and I had to as well. It really
wasn't all that simple but now I
had something to deal with and I
was going to have to say the phrase
to many people in the months
ahead. "I have AIDS", three simple
words but it depends on who you
have to say them to.
At first I broke down when I
said it, feeling sorry for myself.
Then as I felt better, I accepted it
as a challenge. How could I expect
others to handle the situation if I
couldn't accept it myself? Friends
were supportive and I found myself
trying to convince them that everything would be alright. Then
came the day I made that all so
important call to Mom and Dad.
There, I didn't have to say the
words, she said them for me. I
explained that the reason they had
not heard from me for two months
was that I was in the hospital. In
a choking voice she said the words,
Tou have AIDS." That was the
hardest time for me because I know
she couldn't understand and there
was a lot of educating ahead.
"I have AIDS". That phrase
stops conversations dead and
causes relationships to crumble.
At parties you wonder who knows.
You meet someone nice and you
have to say the words. Not only do
you want to find a compatible person, he also has to test positive,
something you do not wish on
anyone. How could I live with
myself fallingin love with someone
who tests negative and six months
down the road find that he tests
positive and then six more months
he dies from some infection. I
might as well have taken a gun
and shot him.
"I have AIDS." Sometimes I
would like to stand in the middle of
Georgiaand Granville and shoutit
to wake up so many people. I am
just an ordinary guy who leads an
ordinary life. I didn't ask for this
and I didn't ask for the isolation
that came with it. Intelligent
people become idiots when it comes
to AIDS. Bitter, ignorant comments from people you expect
compassion from. How can we
educate? I was sitting in a wheelchair at the local fair as my blood
pressure was low due to the
medication I was taking. A woman
came up to me and said, "What
happened, you are so young?" I
explained the situation and told
her I would be up and walking in a
week or so. She said, "Oh, you are
one of the lucky ones." Lucky?
Hardly, but why go into it with this
perfect stranger?
"I have AIDS." Does it mean I
am going to die? They say that it is
a treatable disease now but as I
hear of friends that have passed
away I wonder. I wonder when my
time will come. Each bout of
pneumonia weakens my system
and I wonder how many more trips
to the hospital I will make.
Sometimes it feels like I live there.
As I lie in bed at night I feel very
aloneandhelpless. Thereisnoone
there to make it all better. "I have
AIDS." I don't want to say it.—
Craig Orchard
New clinical AIDS
trials need patients
by Mark Nielsen
A network of clinical trials for
AIDS research hopes to have as
many as 900 patients across the
country within the next sixmonths.
Launched last summer, the
National HIV Clinical Trials Network is now fully operational and
looking for patients, according to
administrator Bob O'Neill.
"Our goal is to operate with as
many trials as possible," O'Neill
said in a telephone interview
Wednesday.
Although it is currently operating out of an office on Davie
Street, the project is co-sponsored
by the UB C health care department
and St. Paul's Hospital in
Vancouver.
Network co-chair Martin
Schecter, an associate professor in
the health care department, could
not be reached for comment.
O'Neil defined the network as
a national infrastructure set up to
facilitate clinical trials in Canada.
It is made up of a data and analysis
centre and five regional centres
from where the trials will be administered.
"What will happen now is that
we will have an infrastructure in
place so that we can more efficiently
and effectively run these trials,"
O'Neill said.
Selection of patients is based
on what aspect of AIDS the trial is
concerned with. Although many
will be anti-viral trials intended to
attack the AIDS inducing HIV-
virus, others will address symptoms, such as caposi's sarcoma,
which affects eye-sight.
As the various trials come up,
O'Neill said the network will advertise for the type of patients it
needs. Most of the trials will last
between an year and 18 months,
he said.
A safety, ethics and management committee will "more or less
manage" the trials, O'Neill said,
overseeing such aspects as following protocol and limiting toxicity
levels in patients.
"If something comes to light
during the course ofthe trial, then
the committee will take a look at it
to see if it can continue," he said.
Currently three clinical trials
are underway, and another three
have been conditionally approved.
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February 14, 1991 LESBIAN, GAY & BISEXUAL ISSUE
The
ABC's
of
being
gay
by Harley Morrow
A androgyny, anal
B buggery, breast,
bottom
C closet, cock,
condom
D dyke, dick, dildo
dental dam
E erotic, erogenous
zone
F fag, feminist
G gay, goddess
H homo, hankie
I invisible,
intolerant
J jism, jerk-oft,
jack-off
K kiss, KY
L lipstick lesbian,
lube
M masochist, MAN
N nudist, nipple
O oral, orgasm
P proud, penis,
prick, poofter,
popper
9 queer, queen
R randy, rimming
S sadist, sex
T teat, toy, top
U uranus
V versatile, vaseline,
vagina
W wimmin
X exstasy
Y yes
Z zipper
Politics of' -p Ceasure... from a fucking t^ptrt
by Heather MacKay
Montreal (CUP) There are things
you don't know. And then there
are thing you don't know you don't
know.
Can a contracting vagina snap
little finger bones? Can a dental
dam stretch securely from clitoris
to anus? What is a Tuckerware'
party and how can we get one
started in say...Montreal?
The surest and simplest route
to answers for these questions and
others can be got through a lesbian
according to Susie Bright, or 'Susie
Sexpert,' as she's better known.
Bright, editor of On Our Backs
magazine takes her road show on
tour, toting a wide and wild range
of sexual accoutrements: toys, latex this, latex that, bodies, videos
and big screens. Last week she
was in Montreal to promote her
new book, Susie Sexpert's Lesbian
Sex World.
"Lesbians are the fucking experts—the experts on fucking,"
said Bright.
She attributes the health and
confidence ofthe movement to the
grassroots approach lesbians have
been forced to take by the absence
of a professional lesbian erotica.
"We've been getting very brazen
and bold.
"There was this idea that if
people knew what we were doing
we'd be vulnerable," said Susie.
Now, she said, she expects a growth
in the number of people stopping
women on the street to say, "I realize you're a lesbian and you know
everything about sex."
Susie admittedowning"many
pairs  of "earth   shoes'  and
Birkenstocks" back in the days
when being a lesbian "meant
saying   "Fuck   you'   to
Revlon." But Bright says
things  were  destined to
change.  "Inside  I  was
wearing a very low-cut
dress." Now she wears it on
the outside, in red.
Gay men have come to under
stand gender crossingfrom the pre-
Stonewall drag days to the present,
according to Bright. Straights can
trace their understanding of gender to the stone age, but lesbians
are still forging what will become
the heritage of lesbian gender-fuck.
Bright described an anti-censorship concert she attended along
with Ice T, Iggy Pop, and others hit
by the 'moral' minority. A man told
a story of generation gaps, encouraging the audience to talk reason
with the Dads. But if Dad still
refuses to listen, the man said, tell
him, 'Suck my dick.'"
The audience joined in a chorus repeating the words. "And you
know who was saying it the loudest?" said Susie. "It was the young
girls. We've got the biggest dick.
We've had it all along. It's like we
turn ourselves inside out to hide
it."
So tell me...
Bright calls her educative activities "sexual social work." She
spoke gently, leaning slightly forward, "I know it's really embarrassing to talk about sex." The listener expected some stilted social
theory or psychological analysis.
Wrong, very wrong.
The voice deepened, Susie
leaned further forward, "So why
don't you tell me what turns you
on."
Susie's other Sex Ed methods
include various incantations of her
road show. In Seattle, she pulled
off a smashingly successful 'fist
fucking' workshop with 60 women.
On another occasion, Susie
brought her female ejaculation
video to 1500 people, of which only
ten were men. The only screen
available was 15 feet high, givinga
view of female ejaculation like no
other. Susie said a man came up to
her afterward, saying "I didn't
know you came more than we did."
"When people ask me about
the sex wars, I say we won, but
there's still a lot of sticky battles
ahead," said Bright, referring to
the right wing, fundamentalist
movements that slow down the
pace of progress. "I want to go 90
miles per hour," she said. She also
noted the objections of some older,
hard-line feminists to a politics of
pleasure, but said it's the sensible
next step.
Bright took another step when
she had a baby four months ago.
Although she chose to "party" into
pregnancy, she said women should
be free to choose their method,
describing one turkey baster insemination exercise in a lesbian
separatist commune in Northern California.
"Your body turns into
a gigantic sex act when
you're   having  a
child," she said.
"Your
breasts get
bigger, but
so    does
your clit.
I said to
t h
doc
tor,
falling into the "let's get married,
let's get a cat' trap. "You can have
great sex with assholes," she said.
Safer Sexpertise
Parts of her new book and a
big part of Susie's talk focused on
safe sex and AIDS. "Nobody knows
anything about women and AIDS.
The information is pathetic," said
Bright. She added that the number one question is the safety of
oral sex.
"Lesbians have been guilty of
thinking of AIDS as, a man's disease just like straights have been
guilty of thinking of AIDS as a gay
disease.
"The people who are in the
biggest danger from sex, physically
and psychologically, are people who
can't talk, whocan'tcommunicate,"
she said.
like Harvard and recently took her
road show to Amherst College,
Massachusetts, where she got
physical threats. "A man called me
and said "I did security for George
Bush, and I'm doing security for
you.'"
The Amherst experience was
among Susie's stranger ones, the
town being the stalwart, conservative penis it is. ("They've all been
pussy-whipped by Andrea
Dworkin.") Bright was taken to
speak at, of all places, a church. "I
gave them my most militant talk.
Catholic areas don't seem to phase
me. Must be that lesbian nun
movement."
Susie spoke confidently ofthe
healthy progress made by women
speaking and writing freely on sex,
"Plug
in      the
Hitachi
wand and hand
it to me.'"
Susie told of a friend who threw
a lesbian orgy with 140 women. The
friend complained thatthere was no
space to have sex. ("That's like a bad
lesbian joke," said Susie. How much
space do you need?)
"More gay men are long term in
theirrelationships. Lesbiansare the
queens of serial monogamy," said
Susie, warning of the dangers of
Bright calls safe
sex an incentive to exercise the
imagination. She said if a vaccine
against HIV could be found tomorrow, we'd be wise to hang on to safe
sexpractices for other STD's. "Safe
sex is here to stay."
And so is Susie Sexpert. She
has lectured at Ivy League schools
especially when it leads to more
suggestions. "I almost want to say
"yes' every time for positive reinforcement."
"Women taking sexual power
just seems very down to earth to
Heterosexual questionnaire
1. What do you think caused your
heterosexuality?
2. When and how did you first
decide you were heterosexual?
3. Is it possible your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of
the same sex?
4. If you've never slept with a
person ofthe same sex, is it possible
that all you need is a good gay
lover?
5. To whom have you disclosed
your heterosexual tendencies? How
did they react?
6. Why do you insist on flaunting
your heterosexuality? Can't you
just be what you are and keep it
quiet?
7. Why do you heterosexuals feel
compelled to seduce others into
your lifestyle?
8. Wouldyou want your children to
be heterosexual, knowing the
problems they'd face?
9. A disproportionate majority of
child molesters are heterosexuals.
Do you consider it safe to expose
your children to heterosexual
teachers?
10. Even with all the societal support marriage receives, the divorce
rate is spiraling. Why are there so
few stable relationships among
heterosexuals?
11. Why do heterosexuals place so
much emphasis on sex?
12. Considering the menace of
overpopulation, how could the human race survive if everyone were
heterosexual like you?
13. Could you trust a heterosexual
therapist to be objective?
14. How can you become a whole
person if you limit yourself to a
compulsive, exclusive heterosexuality, and fail to develop your natural, healthy homosexual potential?
15. There seem to be very few happy
heterosexuals. Techniques have
been developed which enable you
to change if you really want to.
Have you considered trying aversion therapy?
February 14,1991
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16/THE UBYSSEY
February 14,1991 LGB ISSUE
Overcoming fear,
becoming whole
So I finally come to acknowledge that I am attracted to women,
and I accept it. It's okay, in fact it
is great, but now I have to deal
with the bigger reality of sharing
this knowledge with others.
"Coming out" doesn't seem to do
justice to this act of courage. It
means finding a space, people, that
supposed "community" that exists
somewhere. I am also taking responsibility for educating many
frightfned and ignorant people. My
mother. My father. My sister. My
future step-brother. My stepmother and step-brother. Almost
all of the friends I went through
school with. I went through eight
years of school with a friend before
we found out that she and I had
something in common—an innate
love for women. Strange that my
first boyfriend should be bisexual
but that we did not know about
each other until the second time
we were seeing each other. At a
time when we each began to address homosexuality in our lives.
From a heterosexual relationship.
So I am at the point where I
have not been in a relationship
with a woman, but have acknowledged my attraction to women.
Acknowledged that up until recently my support has been primarily from men. That is changing.
A woman who has the courage
to openly challenge the heterosexual norms of a male culture has
to confront both sexism and
homophobia. She must be strong.
How do I measure up to women
who have been living their lives
reflected in the eyes of other
women? How do I measure up to
myself? Oddly I do not question
that I am attracted to women; I
simply am. My fear is of hurting or
offending women because of my
ignorance. Approaching the lesbian
"community^ is a frightening prospect in some respects. The mistrust
that has developed as a defensive
mechanism against heterosexism
and homophobia also serves to
make it difficult to approach the
lesbian community. I do not want
to be afraid. Accepting that I can
love women has also included accepting that I can love myself.
Maybe I should stop giving a
damn about how others are going
to react. If they are not going to
accept something that is a fundamental part of me, then they are
not worth my time. The fear is that
such an attitude may require me
to reject my entire family. I cannot
predict that they will understand.
I do not expect my father ever to
understand. But I have gotten tired
of not telling him just who I am,
what I believe, what I feel. Inevitably it will come up the next time
I cannot swallow down and let a
homophobic remark pass. Perhaps
I will not be welcome in my father's
home again. Perhaps he will surprise me.
Plain and simple: I am not
going to know if I will be accepted
by those women out there, or if my
sister will still want me in her
wedding party unless I take some
risks. Risks that I have to take if I
am going to put my self respect
first. I never hid in closets as a
child, and somehow I do not think
I am prepared to do so as an adult.
A letter home
Dear Mom and Dad:
I'm not quite sure how to put this. I've been
trying to tell you now for about six months but
haven't found a way or the right way.
I'm not sure now whether this is the right
way.
I'm bisexual. I find myself being attracted
to both men and women and I have had relationships with both. I am not ashamed of my
sexuality. I am proud of who I am.
I'm telling you this because I love you. It
is something that I have to tell you. It is also
something that I have been afraid to tell you.
Rejection is something that I fear. This fear
is something that I go through everytime I "come
out . "
Coming out to my friends and even acquaintances has been easier than this. With them I
can take the attitude that if they can't handle
my sexuality, they weren't worth knowing anyway
(or so I tell myself when it hurts) and I' 11 have
other friends . With you, my parents and the rest
of the family, it is different.
You are the only parents I have.
What makes it worth the risk of rejection,
with my friends and with you, is the need to be
who I am. In not telling you about my sexuality
so far, a void has existed between us.
You have always assumed that I am heterosexual, asked me who my latest girlfriend is.
I have never corrected you. As I have become
more comfortable with my sexuality I have felt
the unsaid things, the void, growing between
us. That is what I hope this letter will
correct.
Love,
Your son
(not yet   delivered)
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The Ubyssey - SUB 241K
February 14,1990
THE UBYSSEY/17 Homophobia and
irresponsibility create
ignorance
Homosexuality is often sensationalized by the
media. Much of the information reaching us from
the television or from mainstream newspapers is
terribly incomplete. It is bound by space and time
restrictions on reporting or is biased by homophobia.
Something flashes on your television screen
once, and you glean maybe 20 or 30 per cent ofthe
information. Because of this, we are all only partially
informed.
In the 1990's it is impossible to discuss homosexuality without discussing AIDS. What is frightening is the poor quality of information on which
many opinions are based.
People hear about AIDS. Then they hear that it
is a virus, and as a result some may think it can be
caught like one catches a cold. It is said you have to
hear information five or six times before it starts to
sink in. It is not surprising, then, that misconceptions abound, given the miniature and infrequent
news bites we are doled out.
Life Magazine published a story "AIDS: Now it's
Reaching the General Population." Who the hell do
they think the general population is? Where do we,
and you, fit into this? Who is and is not a member of
this "general population?" The distinction between
"us" and "them" is media garbage.
A lot of hysteria has been perpetuated by things
that are in the press. Reportingis often irresponsible
and does not present enough information. Either
that or it focuses in on sensational angles.
And who suffers? In this case, the gay community. AIDS has become another weapon for the
bigots, as if unaided heterosexism and homophobia
were not enough.
It is estimated that ten per cent ofthe population is lesbian or gay. If you consider all their friends
and all their families, soon you can count fifty per
cent of the population as having an interest in
lesbian, gay and bisexual issues, whether it's AIDS
or anything else. These people are concerned and
have complaints that are not addressed. And yet do
we see anything close to fifty per cent representation of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the media?
Today we hope you read what we have been able
to put together and will think about it.
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Please let us know what you thought of the
issue. Its been months in the planning and
we would like to hear from you. Happy
Valentive's Day.
the Ubyssey
February 14, 1991
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expedition into the unknowable unknown. John Griffith breathed
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and vanished into the clouds of anti-vapour. As crawling chaos
approached Ernie Stelzer, he fell off the couch. "Gee gosh. What a
weird dream."
Editors
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Letters
Chretien
useless
Last Monday, Jean
Chretien, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada presented at UBC his ideas regarding the future of the
country. Unfortunately, his
constitutional ideas have not
evolved one iota in the last
28 years. Even more pathetic, some people in the
audience seemed to believe
that he has the solution to
bridge the gap between Quebec and Canada. These
people have definitely a gross
misunderstanding of Quebec.
There is not much we
can do to convince such
people that they live on a
different planet than Que-
becois and that they are out
of touch with Quebec reality. Maybe explaining how
Jean Chretien is perceived
in Quebec will help them understand why he offers no
valid solution to Quebecois.
Believing that he does will
lead this country into deeper
disintegration.
Jean Chretien has a
poor record in the constitutional debate, especially
during the last 10 years. In
Quebec, this record is a
weight, often invisible to
Canadians, but very real to
Quebecois.
In 1980, during the referendum campaign,
Chretien promised Quebecois a renewed federalism
(deja vu, eh?). For him, a
NON meant OUI to a new
federalism. At this time, he
did not elaborate on the tangent which federalism would
take. In the 1981 constitution repatriation talks, Jean
Chretien played a key role
in isolating Quebec by
striking a deal with the nine
other provinces. Indeed, his
renewed federalism was a
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federalism excluding Quebec!
Such a gesture from
English speaking premiers
was not a big surprise to
Quebecois. After all, those
were the days where the
national anthem was booed
in Toronto when a few lines
were sung in French (which
are the original lines, by the
way...). The real shock was
that Quebec was stabbed in
the back by one of its sons.
Compared to Jean Chretien,
Judas Iscariot looked like an
honest kid. As we would
say: with such friends, you
need no enemy.
Curiously, the constitutional amendment was not
only a bad deal for Quebec,
but it turned out to be a sour
deal for Canada as well.
Under the new rules, any
constitutional change must
be approved by the 10 provinces, which will prove to be
impossible, and deadlock
further constitutional
amendments. Also, thanks
to the mistrust of a few premiers for the federal system
(i.e. Peckford, Loughheed,
and Pawley), we inherited
the so-called "notwithstanding clause". A few years
later, history remembers
that while Quebec must follow all the rules, it should
not use all the rules, especially those designed by English-speaking premiers for
English-speakingprovinces.
The amendment was
also disastrous for Quebec.
It did not recognize Quebec's
distinct French character,
nor did it give any tools to
protect this character. Under this amendment, Quebec
reality was considered no
different from that of PEI or
Alberta. For Quebecois who
had been fighting for their
culture and their language
for over 200 years, this was
perceived as the utmost
nonsense.
After some time spent
fighting an economic recession, the constitutional debate again rose to the top of
the Canadian political
agenda in 1986. The Meech
Lake agreement a year later
was a bare minimum for
Quebecois. It was also a
bare minimum for Canada
as we know it. Not surprisingly (sad to say), Chretien
opposed this bare minimum!
Do I need to draw a picture
to Chretien's supporters,
here? The man thought that
the bare minimum was too
much! This was coming not
from an APEC member (well,
I hope he is not, but I would
not be surprised if her were),
but from a "true Canadian."
Needless to say, at this very
moment, Jean Chretien became public enemy number
one in Quebec.
In December 1988, following a judgement from the
Canadian Supreme Court,
the Quebec government gave
in to its English speaking
supporters. It allowed bilingual commercial signsinside
stores, despite the widespread support among the
majority to reinstate fully
Bill 101 by using the notwithstanding clause (as allowed by the Canadian constitution designed by Jean
Chretien and his friends).
This time, Chretien thought
it was insufficient while
Quebecois agreed that it was
more than a fair deal. For
most Quebecois, he sat once
again on the wrong side of
the fence.
Finally, in the final
stage of Meech Lake, Quebecois repeatedly suggested
that a rejection of Meech
Lake would be interpreted
as a rejection of Quebec.
Chretien preferred to ignore
these concerns. He crisscrossed the country, fueling
the anti-Quebec feeling by
urging Canadians to reject
^uehec-Meech. This led to
incidents such as the one in
Brockville where a small
group of old farts desecrated
the Quebec flag. In Quebec,
this was the last straw. The
icing on the cake occurred at
the Liberal Leadership
Convention when Jean
Chretien hugging Clyde
Wells (Quebec's public enemy no. 2) as soon as he
arrived at the convention
was cheered by thousands of
fanatics.
Last Monday, Chretien
still had nothing new to say,
repeating the same old line
that he is in favor of a renewed federalism. History
taught Quebecois too well,
the most disturbing event
was the crowd's cheers when,
answering a question about
his lack of credibility in
Quebec, he repeated the
same constitutional nonsense. The very same night,
this excerpt was broadcast
on television and on radio in
Quebec. The message Quebecois got from this attitude
is that one single country
"from sea to sea to sea" is
impossible because of the
profound mi sunder standing
of their partner.
Jean Chretien offers no
solution to Quebecois. He
and his supporters must bear
part of the blame for the
constitutional mess. His
speech and their attitude last
Monday were just another
nail in the coffin of Confederation.
Guillaume Therien
sessional lecturer,
Forestry
Silence = Death
18/THE UBYSSEY
February 14 1991 Enough already!
One ofthe things I've always
looked forward to is reading the
letters page in The Ubyssey. I've
always been interested in seeing
what other students' opinions are
on various issues and have even
learned a lot from some of the
things I've read.
However, it is one thing for
somebody to express their opinions and constructively criticize
something using facts and arguments based on truth, and quite
another to distort reality or even
present outright misinformation.
Such letters no longer contain
reasonable, justified arguments.
Instead, they are pieces of propaganda which only serve to justify
the writer's own prejudices.
Take Amir Izad's letter of Feb.
5 ("US lured Iraq into war"). Obviously an angry individual, Izad
writes that Israel and the US are
jointly responsible for the war in
the Middle East since they cleverly manipulated Iraq into invading Kuwait and subsequently used
the invasion as a justification for
destroying Iraq's military capacity. Unarguably, it is in Israel's
interest to see this destruction occur. Why shouldn't it be? Saddam
Hussein has certainly made no
secret of his hatred of that country
and its people. As Mr. Izad wrote,
Hussein threatened to "consume
half of Israel with fire." I have no
doubt that if he possessed the capability to do so, he would have
already unleashed his unconventional arsenal on Tel Aviv. This is
a man who sees an Israeli plot in
every corner regardless of consistent statements by that country
thatit wishes to remain uninvolved
in the conflict.  I cannot imagine
any other nation in the world, having the threat to its security that
Iraq poses to Israel, not wishing to
eliminate that threat. That is an
absurd notion.
However, this reason is not
enough for Mr. Izad. He states
that Israel and the US also wished
to "ensure a strong demand for
western arms by the other rich
gulf countries," and "to keep Israel
well funded and in pursuit of its
expansionist policies."
Well, it has certainly never
been in Israel's interest to give
more weapons to nations which
have never recognizedits existence
as a state and which would undoubtedly welcome any aggression
brought against it. King Fahd of
Saudi Arabia himself has called
for muslims everywhere to work
for Israel's destruction numerous
times in the past.
As for the ridiculous idea that
Israel maintains an expansionist
policy. I ask Mr. Izad to consider
the following facts. In 1974, Israel
returned territory captured in self-
defence to Syria as part of disengagement agreements. In 1982,
Israel returned the entire Sinai
peninsulato Egypt under the terms
ofthe 1979 peace treaty with that
country. Again this was territory
captured in self-defence in 1967.
these are not the actions of an
expansionist nation. Perhaps Mr.
Izad was referring to Hafez Assad
and his dream of a Greater Syria.
He seems to have quoted Assad
when he writes that Israel wishes
to take possession of land "from
the Nile to the Euphrates." Assad
voiced these same words in his
interview with Time magazine in
1989.
I hope that the next time Mr.
Izad writes a letter, he will be sure
to use facts and voice real concerns
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instead of acting as an
unimpressive echo of Iraq's own
propaganda machine. I believe
that Iraq was solely responsible
for its invasion of Kuwait and regardless of whether or not it believed that the US condoned such
action, the fact remains that Iraq
i s guilty of unprovoked aggTessi on.
It is Iraq, and not Israel, who has
shown that it is not interested in
peace with its neighbours.
Phillip IMaerov
Science 4
NDP also useless
Ah, yes. To be so virtuous.
What a delight to see our white
knights of democracy greeting M.
Chretien with their hard earned
waffles last Monday. Those ingenuous NDPers not only have the
answers to international peace and
goodwill, they ca.n stage a nifty five
second media bite. Rather than
explain M. Chretien's position
(which was well understood by
everyone else at the crampacked
SUB Ballroom), perhaps we should
look at Audrey McLaughlin's claim
to an Eggo Special on other fronts.
One critical questioner voiced
concerns over M. Chretien's popularity in Quebec. Yes, he is having
an uphill battle. Because he is
alone!
The NDP are shamefully silent on national unity. Where was
the NDP during the Belanger-
Campeau Commission? Last August, both the NDP and the Tories
ran a pro-sovereigntist in a
Montreal byelection. Only the Libs
ran a federalist. At least the voters voted for the real thing when
they elected a Bloc Quebecois candidate. And the NDPs lone Quebec MP is also a pro sovereigntist
kind of guy.
Now, whether the NDP is
supportive of sovereignty for Quebec is one thing. But you never
hearanNDPer in English Canada
say that. Heck, if Quebec split, the
NDP woul d have a better chance of
forming government (conspiracy
theory). The bottom line is that
they are silent while the future of
Canada is being debated. And 800
students didn't jam SUB Ballroom
to hear Jean Chretien say that
federalism was dead. They were
there to hear the only leader in
Canadian politics who still believes
that there is hope.
So, be consistent you waffling
NDPers. Gee, Ihaven'tevenbegun
to talk about Mike Harcourt yet.
Mike McDonald
Arts 4
p.s. Why hasn't Audrey bothered
to stop by this year?
Thank you, Geers
We are writing to you on behalf of Amnesty International
members at UBC. Amnesty UBC
is concerned with human rights
violations. Our members spend
much of their time writing letters
on behalf of people around the
world who are being detained
without charge or trial, are being
tortured or unfairly punished, or
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who have been sentenced to death.
Often, all we can do is hope that
our letters will make a difference
or that we will receive a reply from
the governments in question.
Specifically, we would like to
extend our thanks to the Engineering students of UBC for their
efforts on behalf of our adopted
prisoner of conscience, Nidal Ilo.
Nidal is a Syrian engineering student in his twenties who was arrested on April 12, 1987 by the
Department of Political Security
for his membership in the Communist Party Political Bureau. Amnesty International has taken action because Nidal was never
charged and no date has been set
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detained solely for his political affiliation and has never advocated
or committed violence, Nidal Ilo
constitutes a prisoner of conscience.
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Universal Declaration of Human
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"Every citizen has the right to freely
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Since Nidal is an engineer we
presented his case at a few ofthe
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we were told to expect. We distributed petitions and many have
been sent to Syria in hopes of securing Nidal's unconditional release.
Again, our thanks to the engineers.
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Randy Hansen
Amnesty UBC
I and others spent several
hours in the cold and dark putting
those posters up on campus. It
also cost us something to get them
printed in the first place. All that
for what? Three days, at most, on
the campus walls—not nearly
enough time to attract the attention of anyone who may have been
interested. Iamshockedthatsorne
person or persons would do this for
no apparent reason.
Whoever you are—GROW UP!
We're not adolescents anymore (I
would hope). Try to think about
more than just your petty opinions
for a change.
Jenni Mott
Alpha Phi
So join The Ubyssey
Re: February 5 Ubyssey article on
the forum on the Native view ofthe
environment movement
Was Ms. Zimmerman mute
throughout the entire proceedings?
Or perhaps the opinions expressed
by Mr. Merkel, Mr. Atleo and Mr.
Collett were so incredibly superior
as to render her comments unnecessary to report?
J. Shelbourn
Arts 4
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It has come to my attention
today (Feb 1, 1991) that many of
the posters put up for my sorority's
spring membership recruitment
drive have been taken down. At
first I thought that it was my bad
luck that physical plant (or some
such)hadremovedthem. Butthen
I noticed that many posters which
were still up were much older—
several with dates in mid January.
Ergo my conclusion: SOMEONE
deliberately removed OUR posters. Since I have no way of finding
out who did it (or why) I am hoping
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