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Full text of "The Body politic, May 1982"

Play the 
game that 'II keep 
you going around in circles as 
The Body Politic goes back to court for retrial 

ON THE STREETS & IN 
THE (BOWLING) ALLEYS 

The Toronto Gay Patrol gears up for another 
season — and so does the Judy Garland 
Memorial Bowling League 

OUT IN THE CITY IN MAY 

Movies^ theatre, dance, music — all in 
TBP 's great guide to goings-on 



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HEPATITIS B: A NEW VACCINE IS ON ITS WAY, BUT WILL WE BE GETTING IT? 




A MAGAZINE 



EISA 
GIDIOW 

Excerpts from the life 
of the lesbian poet 
who 's still going strong 
— at 83 




Now you 

can play the game 

that's had us going around 

in circleSy as The Body Politic 

goes back to court 




MARY 

POPPINS 

MEEISGAY 

Welly sort of. 

Robin Wood 
and Richard Lippe on 
Victor/Victoria 





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Fun!! 

(for them) 
Risky!! (for you) 
Expensive!! (for everybody) 
A game they'd iove to piay with you!! 




Double jeopardy. 

It refers to the traditional right of citizens not to 
be tried more than once on the same set of charges 
and, especially, the right not be tried again after 
being found innocent. 

It's a phrase that smells of raids in the middle of 
the night, show trials, the sledgehammer tactics of 
authoritarian regimes around the world. 

There's a good reason why double jeopardy 
carries the odour of authoritarianism. A regime 
with an unsavory political agenda could dissuade 
opponents by bringing charges against them over 
and over again, regardless of the findings of its 
own courts. It could do so until it secured a 
verdict more to its liking or until it wrung a plea of 
guilty from the exhausted victim. 

It doesn't happen just in faraway places. It's 
happening here and now. 

In 1979, a searching five-day trial ended in the 
acquittal of The Body Politic of charges laid after 
a police raid on the magazine's office. But Ontar- 
io Attorney General Roy McMurtry didn't like the 
verdict. So he just asked the courts to do him a 



favour, cancel the verdict and order a new trial. 

The courts obliged. And people were shocked. 
They knew you could appeal a guilty verdict; 
that's all part of giving the accused the benefit of 
the doubt. But appeal an acquittal? It seemed to 
fly in the face of justice. 

But that's what double jeopardy is all about. It 
contravenes our sense of justice, but there's no 
law to stop it from happening in Canada when- 
ever an attorney general feels the itch. 

And there's no doubt McMurtry and his 
cabinet colleagues, including Premier Bill Davis, 
are feeling the itch, especially where gay people 
are concerned. In the past two years, they've 
refused to extend human rights protections to 
include us, ignored police intervention against a 
gay candidate in Toronto's municipal elections, 
financed an extensive spy network in the city's gay 
community and okayed the brutal raids on our 
baths. An unsavory political agenda indeed. 

On May 3 1 , the second trial of The Body Politic 
begins. The defence at the first trial — which cost 
more than $30,000 — was entirely financed by 



people who were angered by the campaign against 
this magazine. The second trial won't cost as 
much, but it still won't be cheap. We need your 
help to win again. 

In the game of double jeopardy, they may set 
the rules, but we can still win. Make your 
contribution today. 



THE 
BODY POLITIC 

FREE THE PRESS 

FUND 



Send donations to 

Ttie Body Politic Free the Press Fund 

c/o Box 7289, Station A, Toronto, Ontario 

Canada M5W 1X9 

Cheques payable to: Lynn King in Trust forTBP 
Information: (416) 977-6320 



2rrHE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1982 



"The liberation of homosexuals 

can only be the work ol 

homosexuals themselves." 

- Kurt Hiller, 1921 - 

The Collective 

John Allec, Christine Bearchell, Rick Bibout, 

Gerald Hannon. Ed Jackson, Stephen MacDonatd, 

Tim McCaskell. Ken Popert, Roger Spalding 

Design/ Art Direction 
Kirk Kelly/Hick Bibout 

The News 
Chris Bearchell 

Danny Cockerline, Ian Dannyck, Philip Fotheringham, 

Barbara Harding, Ed Jackson, Gerry Keith, Bill Loos, 

Kevin Orr Craig Patterson, Stephen Riggins, 

Roger Spalding, Robert Trow 

(Toronto News Stall) 

Maurice Beaulieu (Quebec), Vt^yne Bell (Kitchener), 

David Garmaise (Ottawa), Jon Gates (Vancouver), 

Bill Kobewka (Saskatoon), Ric Langlord (Victoria). 

Vince l^anis (Vancouver), Andrew Mitchell 

(Saskatoon), Rick Parry (Vancouver), Joe Szalai 

(Kitchener) 

International 

Tim McCaskell 

Reviews and Features 
John Allec, Rick Bebout, Stephen MacDonald 

Paul Baker, Edna Barker, Colin McEnry, Joy Parks. 
Phil Shaw, Stephen Stuckey 

Out in the City 
Ed Jackson/David Townsend 

Bill Coukell, Jon Kaplan. Colin McEnry, Paul Murphy, 
Michael Wade, Andrew Zealley 

Columns 

Jeff O'Malley, Joy Parks, Ian Young 

Letters/ Network 
Paul Baker/John Allec 

Layout and Production 
Rick Bebout 

Paul Aboud, George Akrigg, Carol Auld, 

Victor Rooster, Danny Cockerline, Michel Lozier, 

Elinor Mahoney, Lionel Morton, Sr Opiate ol the 

Masses. OPI. Michael Petty, Colin Smith, Don Ullyot, 

and members and triends ol the collective. 

Printing: Delta Web Graphics, Scarborough 

Advertising 
Gerald Hannon, Ken Popert 

Victor Bardawill, Jr, Clillord Chan, Ian Campbell, 
Gerry Keith, Gerry Oxford 

Promotion 
Ken Popert, Gerald Hannon 

Subscriptions and Distribution 

Roger Spalding, Robert Trow 

Greg Bourgeois, Bill Brown, Terry Farley, Jeft Ferst, 

Gerald Hannon, Chris Headon, Bill Loos. 

Ian McKinnon. Dan Schneider. Tony Trask, 

Bob Wallace, Grant Weaver 

Office 

Chris Bearchell, Rick Bebout, Gerald Hannon, 
Ed Jackson, Ken Popert 

John Balatka. Greg Bourgeois. Jell Ferst, 

Smee Holzberg, Gerry Hunt, Richard McDonald. 

Tony Trask, Ken West 

Tilt Body Politic is published ten limes a year by Pink Triangle 
Press, a non-prolil corporation, as a contribution to the building ol 
the gay movement and tlie growth ol gay consciousness 
Responsibility lor the content ol The Body Politic resis with the 
Body Politic Collective, an autonomous body operating within Pink 
Triangle Press The colleclive is a group ol people who regularly 
give their lime and labour to the production ol this magazine The 
opinions ol the collective are represented only in edilorials and 
dearly marked editorial essays Oltices ol The Body Politic are 
located at 24 Duncan Street (tilth lioor) in Toronto 

The publication ol an advertisement in The Body Politic does nol 
mean thai the collective endorses the advertiser 

Mailing address The Body Polilic. Box 7289. Sin A 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada MSW 1X9 

Phone (416) 977-6320 

Available on microlilm Irom 

MacLaren Micropublishing, Box 972, Sin F 

Toronto, Onlaiio, Canada M4Y 2N9 

Copyright fr 1982 Pink triangle Press 

2nd Class Mail Begislralion Ho 3245 

ISSN 0315 3606 

DISPLAY ADVERTISING DEADLINE 

FOR THE JUNE 1982 ISSUE: 

THURSDAY, MAY 7 

The Body Politic is a member ol the Coalition for 

Gay Rights in Ontario and the Canadian 

Periodical Publishers' Association 

PBINTCD AND PUBLISHED IN CANADA 




Sappho at 83 



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"I am going to get a room of my own, " she wrote in tier diary in 1917, "I am 
going to find my kind of people. " How could a sensitive woman of 19, trapped 
in a menial job in Montreal during ttie First World War, find her own kind of 
people? Elsa Gidlow cast a net. An excerpt from her autobiography. 

Victor/Victoria 31 

Critics Robin Wood and Richard Lippe take a look at what makes the new 
Julie Andrews flick "the most radical of the recent outcrop of Hollywood 
movies on gay themes" — and the most fun. 

Protection against hepatitis B? 11 

A new vaccine due for release soon in Canada and the US provides 
immunity against "one of the most serious and common sexually transmitted 
diseases among gay men." It was made from gay blood and tested on gay 
volunteers — but will it be available to the gay community? 

Kitcliener: Beating City Hall 9 

The mayor said "no dance" — at least not in a city-owned building. That, 
the Gay Media Collective decided, was where a great story might begin. . . 

Patrolling the Streets— and alleys 70, 73 

With the arrival of spring, the Toronto Gay Patrol is stepping up its 
programme to keep the streets safe for gay men and lesbians, while 
teams in the Judy Garland Memorial Bowling League battle in the alleys 
for the coveted Ruby Slippers trophy. 

Ireland: Sad news, not Gay News 17 

Irish Customs officials have impounded copies of Britain 's biggest gay paper, 
while the police seem intent on creating a few hassles of their own for the 
community. This and much more in World News. 



Double Jeopardy! 

Thrills, chills, fun for the whole 
community! Start a magazine, see it 
raided, go to trial. . . all In a new board 
game to mark TBP's return to court for a 
rerun of our original 1979 trial for 
"immorality, indecency, and 
scurrilousness." It all starts on page 
46, many, many years ago. . . 

Out in the City 

Toronto entertainment and community 
listings for the lusty month of May, 
beginning on page 20, with a centrefold 
calendar you can pull out and put up for 
easy reference. 

Regular departments 

Classifieds 40 

The Ivory Tunnel 39 

Letters 4 

Network 44 

SharedGround 38 

Taking Issue 8 



The cover: Elsa Gidlow. in a 1982 
ptiotograpti by Laura Willensky. courtesy of 
Elsa Gidlow. Pfioto ol James Garner, Julie 
Andrews and Robert Preston in Victor/ 
Victoria courtesy of WGW. Design by 
Rick Bebout. 



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Oppressive habits 

Re: John Alice's "No More Guilt! A 
Tour of the Territory of Perpetual 
Indulgence"{7"flP, March): 

Recently the "Sisters of Perpetual 
Indulgence" have received a sizable 
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now in Canada. To date, however, the 
other side of the picture has not been 
presented. 

Although I can write only from the 
San Francisco experience of these "male 
nuns," I imagine that the situation in 
Canada is not that different. I must also 
point out that the context in which I 
write is that of a Gay man. Christian, 
Gay Liberationist and Feminist- 
SociaHst. 

That the soi-disanl "Sisters" are a 
group of men is so self-evident that its 
import is very likely to be discounted. 
Nonetheless, that is the heart of the 
problem. As a group of men, the "Sis- 
ters" trivialize a group of women 
(nuns). Likewise, by the particular form 
of their "drag," they trivialize those 
transpersons (transsexuals and trans- 
vestites) who cross-dress out of a gen- 
uine self-identity. As Gay people we are 
all too well aware that to trivialize is to 
oppress: all of the "fag" and "dyke" 
jokes, the "sissy" and "tomboy" epi- 
thets, "Little Black Sambo," "Frito 
Bandito," "Sister Hysteroctoria" pre- 
sent us with just a few examples. 

As a Christian Gay man and priest, I 
would be the very last to argue that 
organized religion has not been a major 
historic source of gay oppression. How- 
ever, what we see in the "Sisters," 
despite their contrary claims, is not a 
depotentiating of that oppression, but 
men who stand with the oppressor by 
continuing to oppress women and trans- 
persons by trivialization — and all in 
the name of "justice." That is what 
makes it truly insidious and what calls 
us to openly oppose it. 

The "Sisters" not only reify the anci- 
ent oppression of man over woman. 
They also give assent to their and our 
own oppression by reinforcing the miso- 
gynistic attitudes and male-chauvinist 
structures which are the roots of anti- 
Gay oppression. 

As one who has been privileged to 



know such saintly nuns as Mother 
Teresa of Calcutta and others in the 
peace and civil rights struggles over the 
years — many of whom I've been 
arrested with in civil disobedience from 
time to time — I find the "Sisters" 
mockery of nuns to be particularly 
insensitive. If they truly believe they 
"present the inner, personal reaHty of 
spirituality" (as "Sister Adi" said in an 
interview recently), this may, in their 
minds, conform to their earlier claim 
that they are "a neo-pagan earth 
religion to dispel guilt and spread joy" 
(as one of their number proclaimed 
from the platform at the 1980 Harvey 
Milk Memorial in San Francisco). In a 
pluralistic society such as ours is 
intended to be, that is certainly their 
right. However, if they are sincere in 
those claims, it would seem that there is 
no reason for them to take the sacred 
habit of Christian nuns and make mock 
of it. If they truly perceive themselves 
to have their own "spiritual path," they 
should pursue that rather than attacking 
other people's faith! 

I would like the record to show that 
there are those of us in the Gay Com- 
munity — Christian and non-Christian 
alike — who not only are not amused by 
the antics of the "Sisters of Perpetual 
Indulgence," but are deeply offended 
by their reactionary and oppressive 
trivialization of women, transpersons 
and nuns. 

TheRt. Revd Mikhael Itkin, C.L.C., 
s.s.j.b. 
San Francisco 



Politics first 



I noted with some dismay that I was 
quoted in a news article in the last issue 
("Rural Outreach," TBP, April) as say- 
ing, "Politics is getting people up off 
their asses" and, "The important thing 
is to put politics last." 

Aside from the fact that these two 
statements appear to be mutually con- 
tradictory, I admit to uttering the first, 
but deny, or at least don't recall, utter- 
ing the second. If I did say it, it was cer- 
tainly taken out of context. 

What I recall saying was this: When 
an organizer goes into a small town or 
city to organize, he or she is dealing 
with gay people to whom dancing with a 
member of the same sex or holding 
hands without fear of physical violence 
is a revolutionary activity. Getting such 
people together for a meeting where 
they can talk about being gay on a level 
other than the immediately sexual is a 
major step forward in building a com- 
munity, because in these places contact 
between gay people is so infrequent that 
when it does take place it is usually for 
nothing more than immediate sexual 
gratification. Sexual gratification is 
wonderful, but not enough. The point 
of grassroots organizing is to encourage 
people to build a community of shared 
goals and values. 

An organizer cannot go into a region 
where gay life is underdeveloped and 
begin by insisting that people march 
down Main Street carrying banners and 
demanding sexual orientation protec- 
tion from town hall. That kind of 
politics comes last, but it will come in 
time. The first and most important 



4/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1982 



''The battle for homosexual 
liberation is being fought, in terms of 
sheer numbers, on more fronts by 
males than by females. " 



political activities are, as I mentioned 
above, the banal — holding hands, dan- 
cing, kissing, talking. Once people in 
small cities and towns become used to 
being able to do these things in a com- 
fortable environment of their own mak- 
ing (socials, dances, meetings, rap ses- 
sions, parties), they will soon come to 
consider them as inalienable rights of 
affection — which they are. Once that 
realization is made it can only be a mat- 
ter of time before some start the long 
march down Main Street. But to begin 
an organizing campaign with such ex- 
hortations would be a disaster. The first 
political step is, as I did say, getting 
people off their asses to begin reaUzing 
their power to do things for themselves. 
I would never make a statement such 
as "Put politics last" except in a very 
specific context, or possibly if I were 
ascribing a very narrow meaning to the 
word "politics." As far as I am con- 
cerned pontics comes first, and almost 
every human action, activity and beha- 
viour is in some way political. 
Robin Hardy 
Toronto 

Disch and disbelief 

I was disappointed to read the letter 
entitled "Deep Disch" (from Walter 
Phillips ) in your March issue. 

This is typical of the "ghettoization" 
mentality a lot of gays have. I think 
gays need exposure to all sides and 
points of view, and that this is an im- 
portant part of liberating ourselves that 
is often overlooked. I did not come out 
as a gay individual just to be locked into 
a gay only approach. The type of soul- 
searching needed to find yourself as a 
gay person can raise your conscious- 
ness, but only if your are open-minded. 
Here's to more liberal input into hbera- 
tion magazines! 
Jonathan Bowe 
Bale D'Urfe, Quebec 



I hope that Thomas Disch {TBP, Decem- 
ber 1981) is still serious about his Do 
You Still Believe in Santa Claus? A 
Young Person 's Guide to Disbelief \ 

I used to believe in Santa Claus: the 
Roman Catholic Church. It took me 
over thirty years finally to overcome the 
effects of its propaganda. 

Will the children of the Moral Major- 
ity grow up happier than many Catho- 
lics I know? 
Francis Gallant 
Charlottetown, PEI 

Better to differ? 

Eve Zaremba laments that Gay Libera- 
tion is a male movement {TBP Letters, 
March) but does not attempt to say why 
this is so. Can it be that male homosex- 
uals/or the most part are the ones get- 
ting arrested and therefore testing the 
legal system; getting elected to official 
positions as openly homosexual individ- 
uals; dealing with police surveillance 
and harassment at numerous levels; 
launching and maintaining publications 
of international repute (some of which 
are journalistically excellent); fighting 
publicly in an organized fashion for 
dignity and recognition while being 



oppressed or victimized? 

I could go on. The point is that the 
battle for homosexual liberation, and by 
this I mean the right to live and love as a , 
homosexual individual, is being fought, 
in terms of sheer numbers, on more 
fronts by males than by females. 

We are constantly hearing from 
female homosexuals about how differ- 
ent their goals, interests, politics, sexu- 
ality, etc are from those of males, and 
much less about areas where some of 
these things coincide. Many female 
homosexuals probably think that bath 
raids and washroom arrests have 
nothing to do with female homosexual- 
ity or behaviour. What they do have to 
do with is the right of consenting adults 
to engage in sexual activity of their own 
choosing free of police surveillance and 
harassment. That is human liberation. 

The laws that these homosexual males 
are running up against could be applied 
to much of what goes on in the bed- 
rooms of heterosexuals and female 
homosexuals if a police officer hap- 
pened to be around. Each time a male 
homosexual wins a point in the battle 
against homophobia and oppression, he 
wins it as well for any female homosex- 
ual who could be victimized in similar 
circumstances. 

Zaremba suggests it is "better to dif- 
fer where we obviously differ and agree 
to work together freely where our inter- 
ests coincide." What bothers me is the 
number of female homosexuals who are 
preoccupied with these differences, who 
refuse to "work together freely where 
our interests coincide." The homosex- 
ual community here in Vancouver is cur- 
rently experiencing the fragmentation 
and disunity this creates. 

As a female homosexual, I cannot 
forget that it was male homosexuals 
who helped me with their open friendli- 
ness when I was coming out. And I, for 
one, would not like to speculate on 
where homosexual Uberation would be 
if they all suddenly disappeared. 

Lastly, Zaremba suggests that TBP 
does not speak for her because "its con- 
tent, choice of issues, presentation, em- 
phasis, advertising policy do not repre- 
sent my political or sexual orientation." 
This can also be said of almost all other 
newspapers, most of the literature writ- 
ten down through the ages, the bulk of 
the contents of the public library system 
and any other heterosexually-oriented 
media. Does she therefore read lesbian 
literature only? 

I personally find TBP to be a 
refreshing escape from the persistent 
hetero suggestion that all I need to be 
fulfilled is a man and a baby. 
Eleanor LeBourdais 
Port Moody, BC 



Ridiculous trial 



My main reason for writing is to say 
how much I enjoyed your January /Feb- 
ruary issue, particularly the article on 
how your collective operates, describing 
the main members or stalwarts. 

Congratulations to all concerned and 
my fervent hope and wish that you will 
be successful in your totally unnecessary 
and ridiculous trial. 

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Cold anger 



"Angus Mackenzie's" article on fist- 
fucking has left me cold with anger. 

I am not angry about fist-fucking in 
general. It is none of my business that 
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permanent physical damage. 

I am not writing to complain that one 
less-than-large article would contain the 
terms: "noblesse," "class," "San 
Pellegrino," "simpatico," and "French 
nail-clipper" (all of this so "refeened" 
and non-U that the small hairs on the 
back of my neck are made to stand on 
end!). 

What, in fact, is really so damned 
annoying about "Mr Mackenzie's" arti- 
cle is that Rick Bebout and the rest of 
the production gang had to waste sever- 
al valuable hours throwing together 
such meaningless, poorly written drivel, 
inked by a bounder too cowardly to sign 
his real name. 
Paul Bartlet 
Toronto 

Inaccuracies, innuendo 

As a person who has, over the past half- 
dozen years, been a strong supporter of 
TBP (including resigning from the 
Ontario Arts Council because they 
refused to give TBP its recommended 
and well-deserved grant in 1978), I can 
only say how disappointed I am that 
TBP is guilty of the same biased report- 
ing as the Globe and Mail was in its 
"backlash" article of February 25, 1982 
(see "Article on local feuds sparks libel 
action," TBP, April). 

Rather than contain what, in its own 
words, is a "tempest in a teapot," 
rsP's reporter promptly smashed the 
teapot, let the genie out of the bottle 
and created a whirlwind of useless and 
bitter debate and recriminations. 

As the Globe and Mail article was a 
deliberate, unwarranted and unforgive- 
ably vicious attack on Peter Maloney 
and George Hislop, full of inaccuracies 
and innuendo, sleazily scissored and 
pasted together using highly provocative 
and out-of-context statements made by 
individuals in the gay community, so 
TBP 's article was a deliberate, unwar- 
ranted and unforgiveably vicious attack 
on those same individuals (presumably 



to "punish" them for having been 
"stupid" enough to trust the Globe and 
Mail's City Hall reporter). 

Already victims of the Globe's jour- 
nalistic "Pit," these individuals must 
now endure the injustice of TBP's sli- 
cing "Pendulum." A pox on both 
papers as far as I'm concerned! It is 
journalistic ethics and objectivity as well 
as the credibility of the reporters which 
is at stake here, and some very impor- 
tant principles are being jettisoned in 
the interests of good copy, scoring trite 
debating points or just simply getting 
even. 

For example, when TBP called Doug 
Chin to ask him why he considers him- 
self a "community organizer and youth 
worker," he told the reporter that he 
was trained at Ryerson Polytechnical 
Institute as a social worker with speciali- 
ties in youth work and community 
organizations. He said that he worked 
with the Canadian Council of Christians 
and Jews as a delegate and youth work- 
er; that he was President of the Canadi- 
an Chinese Association; that he was 
Chairman of the Steering Committee of 
a special City Hall Committee to look 
into the needs of Toronto's Chinese 
community; that he introduced the 
small group homes concept to Scarbor- 
ough and was co-founder of Kennedy 
House for Boys there; that he was the 
founding President of the Chatsworth 
Charitable Foundation (charitable 
branch of the Community Homophile 
Association of Toronto), the founding 
President of Gays at Ryerson, the 



Gay families for prisoners 

I am an inmate at Indiana Refor- 
matory, and I want to introduce you 
to our newly planned group "Gay 
Family for Prisoners." 

For the past several weeks the ad- 
ministration here has been increasing 
pressure on and harassment of gay 
prisoners in such a way that we have 
no grounds for legal action. 

What we hope to do is make con- 
tact with gays all over the US and 
Canada. We want to be able to exert 
public pressure when we need it. This 
can be done by mail if we are in con- 
tact with a large number of gays who 
are willing to voice their support by 
mail. We plan to develop an 
organization that can help gays all 
over by uniting into one voice. 

There are groups that aid gay pris- 
oners with legal actions, but most 
harassments we undergo are due to 
the negative attitude of the prison 
staff toward gays. Most gay pris- 
oners are rejected by family and the 
public either because they have been 
incarcerated or because they are gay. 
So we have no one to whom we can 
protest our mistreatment. For this 
reason we are calling our group 
"Gay Family for Prisoners." 

We ask each of your readers to 
write and make contact with us, so 
that we can depend on your help in 
the future. 
Ron Crichfield 
Box 30-4 149-27-2 J 
Pendleton, Indiana 46064 
USA 



6/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1982 



"Rather than contain what, in its own 
words, is 'a tempest in a teapot, TBP promptly 
smashed the pot and created a whirlwind of 
useless and bitter recriminations. " 



founding President of the TVi-Aid Char- 
itable Foundation and the founder and 
director of Canada's first gay group 
home, Tri-Aid House. TBP's reporter, 
however, anxious to discredit Mr Chin, 
makes no mention of any of this, but 
writes the following about him calling 
himself a community organizer: "He 
explains" (when he did no such thing!) 
"this means he has been on welfare for 
the last seven years because of ill health 
and that he does his work on a volun- 
tary basis." 

TVue, Mr Chin is not well, having suf- 
fered a heart attack in 1976 and having 
been given only a 50/50 chance of living 
through his open heart surgery in 1977. 
That same year, however, this worka- 
holic, who suffered a heart attack at the 
age of 35, started Tri-Aid as "occupa- 
tional therapy." He has worked with 50 
young gay people through the Tri-Aid 
House residential programme and coun- 
selled over 300 others and, yes, collected 
about $2,600 medical welfare a year 
from the City for the past four years, 
since March 1978. (So much for accura- 
cy and innuendo, and to think that TBP 
has Mr Chin's resume on file from pre- 
vious mailings!) 

The reporter also wrote that Mr Chin 
"admitted" (when, again, he did no 
such thing!) that Tri-Aid has a "token" 
board of five persons. Tri-Aid no more 
has a "token" board than TBP has a 
"token" collective. Tri-Aid has had a 
total of 12 people on its board in the 
last five years: nine men, three women, 
some straight, some gay, some lesbians, 
seven of them in some way directly con- 
nected with social services and four of 
which were professionally trained social 
workers Uke Mr Chin. And that doesn't 
include half a dozen volunteers who 
worked on the Tri-Aid House project 
without sitting on the board. 

The Globe and Mail article made Mr 
Chin out to be a "decent," "moderate" 
"homosexual" in bed with the police, 
which is not only hysterically funny 
considering his table-thumping gay mili- 
tancy and sexual proclivities, but is cer- 
tainly a measure of how skewed, inaccu- 
rate and unreal the Globe article was. 

TBP has compounded that injury and 
magnified the distortion in the other 
direction by making him out as an insig- 
nificant, shiftless rabble-rouser in bed 
with the gay community's malcontents. 
Neither is accurate and neither is 
journalism! 

Karsten Kossman, Secretary, 
The Tri-Aid Charitable Foundation 
Toronto 

The collective responds: 
Karsten Kossman may think Denys 
Morgan 's article, "Backlash against mil- 
itants forms among some gays, " was an 
"unwarranted and unforgiveably 
vicious attack on Peter Maloney and 
George Hislop, "but that wasn 't Doug 
Chin 's reaction when our reporter inter- 
viewed him in connection with our cov- 
erage. Chin never complained to us thai 
he was either misquoted or quoted out 
of context. His concern at the time was 
to establish that the allegations he was 
reported to have made against Hislop 
were justified. 

When asked about his role as a street 
worker and community organizer. Chin 



MAY 1982 



did indeed cite his qualifications, as 
outlined in Kossman 's letter. He also 
said he was on welfare (he didn 't say 
medical; he did say for seven years). 

However, we were (and are) less con- 
cerned with his professional qualifica- 
tions than with his accountability to the 
gay community; we asked about Tri- 
Aid 's board because it seemed a likely 
mechanism for monitoring Chin 's 
volunteer work. But rather than provide 
assurances. Chin noted that the same 
lack of concern for the needs of young 
gay people that had forced him to take 
on his street work voluntarily had also 
made it difficult to get members for the 
Tri-Aid board. "Token" was his adjec- 
tive, meant, we assume, to convey that 
board membership is not an onerous 
commitment. 

While, as Kossman states, Tri-Aid has 
had a dozen board members in the past 
five years, it now has five, including 
Kossman, Chin and Chin 's mother. Gay 
community activist Tom Warner once 
agreed to sit on the Tri-Aid board, but 
later withdrew. At the time, he says. 
Chin 's mother didn 't attend meetings 
(though, as owner of the property where 
Tri-Aid operates, she had a number of 
proxy votes; who these proxies repre- 
sented, Warner was never able to dis- 
cover), and that the two other members 
of the board, in addition to Chin and 
Kossman, were a social worker who was 
a cousin of Chin 's and another man 
who was said to have professional 
qualifications but was "too paranoid to 
come to meetings. " Warner says he 
decided not to remain involved because 
this situation created problems with Tri- 
Aid 's true accountability to the 
community. 

Our article was not meant to be an 
attack on Doug Chin or on Tri-Aid, but 
the fact remains that Chin was quoted 
in Horgan 's article as a credible voice 
representing the sentiments of at least a 
part of the gay community, and that 
this apparent credibility rests at least in 
part on his professional status. George 
Hislop, in the same article, said that 
while he supported the idea of gay-run 
social services for street youth, ' 7 don 't 
think he (Chin) is a good social 
worker. ...I don 't support the idea of 
him running it. " Others may share these 
doubts, but there is no way, other than 
Tri- Aid's own accounts, of verifying 
and evaluating the work the organiza- 
tion does. 

Karsten Kossman has indeed been a 
strong and welcome supporter of this 
magazine for many years. We remain 
grateful for that, but we cannot accept 
his portrayal of Doug Chin as both a 
seasoned social worker and gay militant 
(which he undoubtedly is) and a naive 
innocent in the hands of manipulative 
media. Mr Chin has lent the credibility 
of his position to "inaccuracies and in- 
nuendo, sleazily scissored and pasted 
together" in such a way as to under- 
mine institutions and activists in the gay 
community. We feel we have a responsi- 
bility to point out that, despite his per- 
ceived position, he is not accountable to 
that community for either his actions or 
his words. 

We welcome your letters. Address ihem lo 
letters. TBP. Box 7289. Stn A, Toronto ()i\ 
M5W 1X9. l.eliers may he edited for Icngih. 



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Gay in Asia: emotions and exploitation 



Two articles have recently appeared in 
TBP dealing with homosexuality in Cen- 
tral Asia. The first, in September 1981, 
dealt with a report to the Third Interna- 
tional Congress on Child Abuse and Ne- 
glect, which claimed that gay tourists 
were "exploiting" and "corrupting" 
local (Sri Lankan) boys. The second arti- 
cle, by Australian writer Peter Jackson in 
the January /February issue, detailed an 
encounter in Calcutta on New Year's 
Eve, 1981. I would like to outline my 
own experience with homosexuality in 
this part of the world, and in doing so I 
hope to expand upon some of Peter 
Jackson's remarks and clarify some of 
the misconceptions which may have aris- 
en from the commentary of man /boy 
love in Sri Lanka. 

In July 1980, at the age of eighteen, I 
began participating in an exchange pro- 
gramme called Canada World Youth. I 
was assigned a Sri Lankan partner, (aged 
twenty) and we lived and worked togeth- 
er for six months, half of which was 
spent on a dairy farm near Toronto and 
half with a family of rice farmers in Sri 
Lanka. When we met we knew only a 
few words of each other's language, and 
our knowledge of each other's cultural 
milieu was limited to a few inaccurate 
stereotypes. By January 1981, we could 
both converse in each other's language. 
While we certainly did not know all of 
the each other's cultural nuances, we 
both agreed that we knew each other bet- 
ter than either of us had ever known 
anyone. 

One night, shortly after we first 
arrived in Sri Lanka, my partner and I 
were discussing Buddhism and Catholi- 
cism and their respective attitudes 
towEirds sex. My partner then, much to 
my surprise, asked, "You have sex some- 
times with boys?" In a split second I 
tried to analyze what motivated my part- 
ner to ask the question; whether it was to 
confirm a rumour he had heard; whether 
it was because he found my attitudes 
towards sex so shocking that he figured 
my actions might meet even that level of 
perversity; whether he'd overheard a 
conversation between myself and another 
Canadian on the subject; or whether in 
fact he was simply curious. I tried to 
evade the question with a generalized 
answer that most Canadian boys do not; 
that many people think it is wrong but 
that I myself do not consider it wrong. 
At least, I hoped, I could gauge his 
reaction to that partial answer. The next 
night the question was again raised, this 
time with an additional inquiry as to why 
I did not answer him in a straightforward 
manner the first time. 

Within a few minutes I had revealed 
that I not only had sex with boys some- 
times, but regularly. I also introduced a 
new word into his English vocabulary: 
"gay." Far from being disgusted or 
shocked, my partner then asked if Tom, 
the guy I always seemed to be getting let- 
ters from, was my favourite "gay sex 
friend." Very curious by that point, I of 
course reversed the questioning. 

The Sparlacus International Gay 
Guide's contention that, until recently, a 
"positive healthy, loving attitude" exist- 
ed in Sri Lanka in regard to homosexual- 
ity among adolescents is, quite simply, 
wrong. My partner has been an active 
homosexual since he was fourteen, and 



his tales of societal pressure against that 
tendency match the tales any Canadian 
might tell about being gay in the Fifties. 

Three boys in his village, aged seven- 
teen to twenty, were caught having a 
threesome by one of the boy's fathers. 
He proceeded to take them all, his son 
included, to the local police station. The 
police shaved their heads, bound them 
and led them through their village public- 
ly denouncing their misdeeds. They were 
then released. They certainly did not in- 
terpret the subsequent atmosphere in 
their homes and schools to be a "loving, 
healthy" one. No Western, morcilistic 
imperialists were responsible for that 
atrocity; my partner is from one of the 
most traditional villages in Sri Lanka. 

Peter Jackson said much more which I 
would interpret as accurate. Marriages 
are generally arranged; my partner has 
known his future wife since the age of 
four. His homosexuality must remain 
"utterly separate from the social order 
and expectations that framed his life, 
that were, for him, reality." 

However, "gay" is still more than just 
a Western concept. While in all likeli- 
hood my partner and his lover of six 
years will each marry his respective bride, 
he explained that they do indeed love 
each other very much and will be very 
sad when they must separate. This is 
much more than Peter Jackson's descrip- 
tion of physical release. As far as I'm 
concerned, when a man's consciousness 
focuses on another man to the extent 
that love is created, that is "gayness" in 
its purest form. To avoid "gayness," 
homosexuality must occur in an emo- 
tional vacuum. While homosexuality 
does occur in Asia in the form of a strict 
physical release, especially amongst ado- 
lescents, gay people exist as well. My 
partner, who had never read a piece of 
literature dealing with homosexuality, 
estimated that as many as ten per cent of 
the boys he knew attached emotion to 
homosexual experiences. 

The final point I wish to address, one 
of the main focuses of both TBP articles, 
is that of tourists' utilizing prostitutes in 
Third World countries. While I would 
not agree that all man /boy relationships 
are exploitative, I do feel that tourists 
who buy sex in Third World countries are 
exploiting their sexual partners, 

Peter Jackson is correct when he 
points out that for most boys hustling in 
Asia, their bodies are their sole com- 
modity. The Spartacus contention that 
"boys who became sexual companions 
of adults, even foreign adults.., lived 
happily and proudly" offended me. I be- 
friended boys who were homosexual 
prostitutes in both Columbo, Sri Lanka, 
and Bangkok, Thailand, For these boys, 
homosexuality is not "gayness" nor is it 
"physical release," It is not even a free 
choice, but a matter of survival. 

When Westerners go to Asia looking 
for cheap prostitutes, they are engaging 
not only in economic exploitation, but in 
a destruction of the last remaining ves- 
tiges of pride which the Third World can 
rely on. Congratulations to Peter Jack- 
son for touching on this issue of cultural 
sensitivity in a way few gay tourist have 
considered, and shame on Spartacus In- 
ternational for advocating an exploitative 
and damaging practice. D 
Jeff O'Malley lives in Winnipeg. 



8rrHE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1982 



Fightii^ city hall 



It is a matter of speculation why 20 
cub scouts who were attending an 
April 5 Kitchener city council meeting 
to learn about civic government were 
suddenly ushered out of the chambers 
as Greg Meadows of the Kitchener- 
Waterloo Gay Media Collective began 
to speak. 

Collective members were at city hall 
to protest a ruling that they not be 
allowed to rent a municipally-owned 
building for a gay dance. 

The collective approached the city's 
Department of Recreation April 1 to 
lease the pavilion in downtown Victoria 
Park for a June 4 dance. They were told 
that the pavilion was available for that 
date and received a standard rental con- 
tract the next day. 

On the morning of April 5, however, 
collective member Joe Szalai received a 
phone call from a clerk who said that 
the pavilion was not available. Szalai 
was told that there had been problems 
with gay dances held a few years ago by 
the Riverside Social Club at the subur- 
ban Bridgeport Community Centre, 
where pressure from nearby residents 
led to cancellation of the dance permits. 
The problems at Bridgeport had involv- 
ed straight thugs harassing patrons at 
the dances. Riverside organizers had 
met privately with Kitchener Mayor 
Morley Rosenberg to try to have the 
decision reversed, but were unsuccessful. 

Szalai was in no mood for a private 
meeting. He immediately called the 
Kitchener- Waterloo Record. "I was 
furious," he said, "that, as a taxpayer, 
I was being denied use of a city facility. 
Using that logic, it was as if the city was 
telling me that what happened with one 
heterosexual group was reason enough 
for denying sevices to all heterosexual 
groups. That's clearly ridiculous. When 
applied to a minority like gays, it's 
clearly discriminatory." 

The Record carried the story that 
day, which also happened to be a city 
council meeting day. The collective sent 
Szalai and Greg Meadows to council to 
demand an explanation. 

Meadows presented the group's case 
before an attentive council and repre- 
sentatives of local news media. He 
demanded either a reversal of the deci- 
sion or the resignation of two men 
apparently responsible for the discrim- 
ination — Director of Recreation Bob 
Arnot and Rick Antaya, a department 
supervisor. 

Mayor Rosenberg admitted to council 
that he had personally intervened to 
stop the dance. He read a letter, ad- 

Victoria Park Pavilion: the dance will go on 





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Greg Meadows of gay media collective: a furious response to Mayor Rosenburg (foreground) 



dressed to Szalai, from the Recreation 
Department, outlining the reasons for 
the decision. The problems which 
plagued the Riverside Social Club dan- 
ces figured prominently among the rea- 
•sons. It immediately became clear that 
the mayor assumed the collective and 
the Riverside Social Club, which had 



sponsored the Bridgeport dances, were 
the same group. When Meadows made 
the point that there was no connection 
between the two, council's mood 
changed abruptly. 

"Frankly, I don't see any reason to 
refuse them a permit," said Alderman 
Al Barron. Alderman Don Travers felt 



that the collective "should not be tarred 
with the same brush" as the social club, 
but rather be treated as any other new 
group. 

Mayor Rosenberg sat quietly as coun- 
cil voted 9-3 in favour of granting the 
dance permit. 

Szalai then took the podium and 
demanded that the city pass a bylaw 
prohibiting discrimination on the basis 
of "sex, colour, creed, religion, physical 
ability and sexual orientation so that all 
people have equal access to city jobs, 
services and facilities." 

Alderman Judy Balmer responded by 
saying that she saw no discrimination in 
this case, and added that the collective 
should not generalize because of one 
"misunderstanding." She further stated 
that the question of human rights ex- 
tends beyond municipal authority and 
bylaws. Alderman Will Ferguson asked 
that city solicitor Jim Wallace provide a 
report on the subject of human rights. 
Alderman Balmer supported the request. 

According to Szalai, "The city is in a 
position to augment existing provincial 
and federal human rights laws, as have 
Toronto, Windsor and Ottawa, regard- 
ing sexual orientaton for their own ser- 
vices. It is a city's prerogative to make 
contractual agreements between itself 
and its own citizens — in this case, an 
agreement prohibiting discrimination." 

Meanwhile, organizers are continuing 
their planning for the June dance. The 
pavilion holds more than 200 people 
and a good turnout is expected. Funds 
raised will be used by the collective for 
its radio show, Gay News and Views, 
and for its forthcoming magazine, to be 
called Gay, eh? 

The radio show has been running for 
more than three and a half years, play- 



Another park, another politician 



TORONTO — Alderman John Sewell 
seems uncertain about supporting a Les- 
bian and Gay Pride Day Committee 
(LGPDC) request to use Grange Park for 
this year's June 27 celebration. 

Sewell offered his support to the 
organizers February 16, but withdrew it 
soon after because he felt "that the 
proposed use is more regional than local 
in nature and thus would be better 
accommodated in a regional kind of 
park." He suggested Queen's Park. After 
receiving a number of calls and letters 
protesting this move, Sewell reversed his 
decision "with considerable reluctance," 
and is once again backing the use of 
Grange Park. 

Tom Warner, speaking for the Toronto 
Gay Comunity Council (TGCC), says, 
"We're surprised that John Sewell would 
be putting forth that kind of position. 
It's something we would have expected 
from the more conservative elements on 
city council." The TGCC passed a motion 
March 24 supporting the LGPDC in its 
efforts to use Grange Park. 

Last year's Pride Day festivities in 
Grange Park ran into difficulties when a 
few area residents complained about the 
noise level that evening. This prompted a 
discussion of the matter in a city Neigh- 



bourhoods Committee meeting and led to 
the establishment of a new rule requiring 
that future events in city parks be super- 
vised to avoid such problems. 

In a letter to the TGCC, Sewell ex- 
plained that a "larger, more regional facil- 
ity than Grange Park should be chosen 
(because) one does not manage to win 
friends by foisting on a community an 
event which is too large for the facility." 

Warner says the size of the facility 



"didn't pose any problems from our 
point of view." There were no more than 
about 700 people in the park at any one 
time, with plenty of room for more, 
according to Warner. 

Kyle Rae of LGPDC scoffs at Sewell's 
concern that Grange Park is too small for 
the event planned. "John Sewell is play- 
ing games. He is manufacturing excuses 
for opposing the use of the park because 
he does not want to be seen to be aligned 
with the gay community," Rae told TBP. 

Sewell was out of town when TBP tried 
to reach him for comment. 

Dannv Cockeriiner! 



1981 gay pride march leaving Grange Park: not big or regional enougti, says Sewell (left) 




MAY 1982 



THE BODY POLITIC/9 



ing a variety of gay and lesbian music 
and presenting issues of interest to the 
gay community. The magazine, sched- 
uled for a premiere issue in June, will be 
a gay forum aimed at a southwestern 
Ontario readership. 

Collective members were surprised by 
the extensive coverage this incident 
received in local straight news media. 
Contrary to their fears, the media han- 
dled it fairly and thoroughly, although 



THE POLICE 



members were very conscious of the 
need to speak clearly and choose words 
carefully. 

As far as the collective can tell, reac- 
tion from the local gay community has 
been quite favourable. The case opens 
the door to other gay groups in the city 
who might want to rent municipal facili- 
ties. And there is a feeling of pride in 
fighting city hall — and winning. 

Wayne P Bell □ 



Would-be killer finally locked up 



TORONTO — A man who vowed to 
police that he was going to "kill a fag" 
every night until he had "cleaned up" 
the city has been sent to jail. 

Describing Gordon Fudge, 29, as "a 
very dangerous man," County Court 
Judge Hugh Locke gave Fudge a five- 
year sentence April 18 after he pleaded 
guilty to a charge of possessing a wea- 
pon for a purpose dangerous to the 
public peace. The charge arose out of 
an incident which took place December 
23, when Fudge went to a gay bar and 
met David Ratz, who invited him home. 
After the two men had sex, Fudge went 
to the kitchen, found a large butcher 
knife and returned with it to the bed- 
room. Ratz escaped unharmed to a 
next-door apartment and called police. 
Fudge was arrested in Ratz's apartment. 

In a statement shortly after his arrest. 
Fudge declared, "I went to a fag hotel 
to kill as many fags as I could get. If I 
could kill one I could kill them all." 
Fudge said he hated homosexuals be- 
cause he had been raped during a recent 
term in prison. Ironically, Fudge was 
himself serving time for rape (his victim 
was a woman); at the time of his 
December arrest he was on parole. 

Fudge was kept in custody until Feb- 
ruary 3, when he appeared for a prelim- 
inary hearing before Provincial Court 
Judge June Bernhardt. The judge was 
not told of Fudge's damaging state- 
ments to police and the defendant's 
counsel asked for a show-cause hearing 
into his client's continued detention 
without benefit of a bail hearing. Before 
the day was out, he was released on bail 
of $15,000 on the condition that he stay 
away from gay bars. 

Fudge's unexpected release sent rip- 
ples of fear through the gay community, 
and David Ratz went into hiding for 
fear of his life. Concern soon spread 
beyond the gay community. Officials of 
Attorney-General Roy McMurtry's off- 
ice moved quickly when lawyer Peter 
Maloney informed them of the danger- 
ous situation created by Fudge's release. 

Before Fudge's preliminary hearing 
resumed February 4, he was re-arrested 
on a parole warrant. Judge Bernhardt 
heard a Crown application for detention 
and agreed that Fudge was a danger to 
the public and issued a detention order. 
As a result, the would-be killer re- 
mained in custody until his trial. 

Bill LoosG 

Gay Awareness 101? 

TORONTO — A pilot project in gay 
awareness for police officers working in 
this city's 52 Division may be in the 
works. A committee composed of three 
police officers and three gays has been 
struck to draw up a curriculum for an 
experimental course. 52 Divsion was 
chosen because it is a downtown pre- 
cinct with a large gay population and a 
history of abysmally poor relations ^ 
between police and gay residents. 



The project was decided upon at a 
meeting March 16 between representa- 
tives of the Toronto Gay Community 
Council and the police commission's 
Minority Liaison Committee. That 
meeting marked the first tentative step 
in opening the dialogue between police 
and the gay community recommended 
by the Bruner inquiry six months ago. 

The curriculum committee will work 
to improve upon what presently consti- 
tutes a Toronto cop's education on the 
subject of homosexuality — two 45-min- 
ute lectures on "abnormal sexual beha- 
viour" conducted by a physician from 
the Queen Street Mental Health Centre. 

The curriculum committee was given 
two months to work out its proposals, 
which will have to be approved by sen- 
ior 52 Division officers before anything 
is implemented. How far they are will- 
ing to move from the insulting myths 



ON THE STREETS 



dished out in the present courses will be 
viewed by the gay community as a test 
of police willingness to work for a better 
relationship with gay men and lesbians. 

BLD 

Cop probe: change 

TORONTO — A consulting firm hired 
by the Metropolitan Toronto Police 
Commission has recommended far- 
reaching changes in the management of 
the police force. 

In its report to the commission, made 
public April 8, the firm of Hickling- 
Johnston, Ltd pointed to a number of 
problem areas in the force, including 
shortcomings in relations with the 
public at large and with minority com- 
munities in particular, weaknesses in 
management and accountability, and an 
outdated paramilitary approach, especi- 
ally on the part of senior officers. 

The comissioners, of course, have 
heard all this before, but since the study 
carries a $400,000 price tag, the criti- 
cisms might hit home this time. 

The report comes at a time when the 
reputation of the Metro Toronto police 
is in tatters, and pressures for change 
are at an all-time high. 

March saw the arrest of two members 
of the Intelligence Bureau when the 
RCMP broke up an international drug- 
import conspiracy, and the charging of 
an officer from another unit with traf- 
ficking in narcotics. 

On April 5, County Court Judge 
Joseph Kane convicted two police offi- 
cers on charges of forcible confinement. 



They had ordered two East Indian men 
into an unmarked squad car and driven 
them to a secluded area behind a sewage 
plant, where the men were slapped 
around and terrorized. While the offi- 
cers have not yet been sentenced, the 
Crown has argued for a jail term on the 
grounds that anything less would cause 
a "public scandal." 

Meanwhile, police are still smarting 
because allegations of systematic torture 
of suspects by members of the Holdup 
Squad have been turned over to the 
human rights organization. Amnesty 
International. Paul Walter, head of the 
police union, has retaliated by publish- 
ing the names of 71 Toronto criminal 
lawyers in the April issue of his associa- 
tion's publication, News and Views. 
The list of names carries a warning that 
the lawyers are "anti-police" and that 
officers should "be guided accordingly" 
in dealing with them. The lawyers all 
signed a petition to Amnesty asking it to 
investigate the torture charges. 

For comic relief from the scandals, 
there has been the spectacle of internal 
police trials of officers for such crimes 
as, in one case, eating a pear while on 
duty and, in another case, for growing a 
moustache half-a-centimetre longer 
than regulations permitted. (The pros- 
ecutor in the moustache case said it con- 
stituted a "breakdown in discipline" 
which could lead to "chaos.") 

After a month of public discussion 
and reaction, the police commission will 
consider which of the consultant's 
recommendations to implement, if any. 

BLD 



Gay patrol: a different kind of streetwalking 



TORONTO — With the smell of doggy- 
do in the air, the Toronto Gay Patrol 
(TCP) is once again intensifying its 
efforts to make downtown streets safe 
for lesbians and gay men. This does not 
mean a massive "Stoop and Scoop" 
campaign; rather, it is an effort to deal 
with a much more serious kind of shit, 
namely the harassment gay men and les- 
bians are forced to endure on the streets 
of their city. 



The patrol organized last May to 
compensate for inadequate police 
protection and to embarrass police into 
taking action against queer-bashing 
incidents. These attacks are no longer 
seen as isolated events, but as examples 
of a pastime that, if not actually 
condoned by police, is certainly not 
discouraged. "Until we feel that the 
police are doing an adequate job of 
protecting us, we will continue to 



A Toronto Gay Patrol team on duty: spring has reappeared, but so have queer-bashers 



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patrol," says TCP's Paul Aboud. 

Liz Devine, also of TCP, adds, "We 
are not the 'gay police.' There is a mis- 
conception in the community that the 
patrol will work gay dances or marshal 
demos to keep gay people in line. This is 
not our function." 

The patrol sees itself as a reminder to 
gay people of the need to be wary of the 
threat of attack. "Awareness of danger 
is the key to prevention," says patrol 
member Rob Fulton. 

TOP is presently recruiting new 
members who must undergo 24 hours of 
training in self-defence and medical and 
legal matters. The emphasis in the train- 
ing is non-violent. As Fulton says, "We 
are here to prevent violent situations, 
not to encourage them. 'Straight-bash- 
ing' is not tolerated." 

A desire to do something about 
queer-bashing is cited by patrol mem- 
bers as their primary reason for joining 
TCP. Another reason is the chance to 
meet like-minded lesbians and gay men 
who share a desire for community 
action. As Jack Fowler of TOP explains, 
"There are lots of fringe benefits in- 
volved, but the emphasis remains on 
community responsibility." 

Lesbians are encouraged to join the 
patrol. Chris Higgins explains, "Queer- 
bashing is not just the concern of gay 
men; lesbians, too, are targets of these 
attacks." She adds, "I joined the patrol 
to expose myself to gay men and learn 
more about them." This year the patrol 
will expand its territory to include a bar 
frequented by lesbians. 

Anyone wishing to join TOP or to 
start a patrol in another city is invited to 
call 928-3325, 488-2578, or 961-8046. 
Classes will begin in May. 

Danny CockerlineD 



MAY 1982 



PROSTITUTION 



Mayors afraid of 
scaring the horses 

VICTORIA — The methods that prosti- 
tutes and their customers use to "get to- 
gether" have come under fire recently 
from various British Columbia politi- 
cians who want to see changes in Cana- 
dian laws dealing with soliciting. 

Municipal officijils in Vancouver and 
Victoria are urging the federal govern- 
ment to amend the Criminal Code to 
make it easier for police to charge 
people with soliciting, which now has to 
be "pressing or persistent" to be an 
offence. Prostitution itself is legal in 
Canada, but people can be charged 
under various soliciting, loitering, or 
"bawdy house" laws (See analysis in 



MEDICINE 



TBP, October 1981). 

Vancouver recently adopted its own 
bylaw, with fines ranging from $350 to 
$2,000 for anyone trying to buy or sell 
sex on the city's streets. After the bylaw 
was passed April 6, Mayor Mike 
Harcourt explained that residents of the 
West End neighbourhood had been pre- 
paring to confront and photograph 
prostitutes if the city had not taken such 
action. According to Harcourt's execu- 
tive assistant, Jane MacDonald, the 
bylaw is only an interim measure, and 
Vancouver's municipal officials will 
continue to seek changes to the 
country's Criminal Code. MacDonald 
emphasized that the mayor is "not 
against prostitution. There are 101 ways 
of people getting together to do this," 
she said. "Prostitutes shouldn't be 
taking over entire neighbourhoods. 
What the mayor is saying is, 'Be 
discreet; don't use the street.' " 

In the first week of enforcing the 



bylaw, Vancouver police presented ele- 
ven people — three prostitutes and eight 
customers — with summonses. 

Victoria's mayor, Peter Pollen, says 
that no similar bylaw is planned for his 
city because of the expected two-year 
challenge of the Vancouver law's valid- 
ity in the courts. "The whole thing has 
been blown up," he told TBP. "The 
cause of it was the growing frustration 
and group paranoia among police offi- 
cers. The public looks upon the police 
officer with great expectations, and 
when he doesn't have a law to use, he 
gets frustrated." 

Pollen said that he, like Harcourt, 
was not against prostitition itself, but 
was opposed to its public manifes- 
tations. "I guess it shows hypocrisy to a 
degree," he admitted. "Lady Astor 
said, 'I don't care what you do as long 
as you don't scare the horses.' 
And that's about how I feel with 
prostitution." KevinOrrD 



Will we get the vaccine we helped make? 



Representing one of the most significant 
medical advances of the past decade, a 
vaccine to combat hepatitis B is soon to 
be released for general distribution. 

Tests over the past five years on sever- 
al thousand American gay men have 
already shown that the vaccine is 
extremely effective in providing long- 
term protection against infection with 
the hepatitis B virus. 

Merck, Sharpe and Dohme (MSD), 
the Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical 
firm which developed the vaccine, 
recently announced that the product 
will be available for purchase July 1 in 
the US, and in Canada as soon as the 
federal Department of Health and Wel- 
fare issues a licence. The MSD distrib- 
utor in Canada estimates that they will 
begin distribution here by September or 
October. But fears are mounting in the 
gay community that the high cost and 
the limited quantities likely to be re- 
leased initially in Canada may mean 
that most gay men will not get the 
vaccine. 

Hepatitis B is one of the most serious 
and common sexually-transmitted dis- 
eases among gay men. In any twelve- 
month period, as many as one out of 
every four sexually active gay men will 
contract the disease. Those affected 
may exhibit mild to severe symptoms, 
such as inflammation of the liver, jaun- 
dice, fever, weakness, loss of appetite, 
malaise, headache and muscle pain. 
About 6 to 10% of patients will become 
chronic carriers, with virus or viral pro- 
tein continuing to circulate in their 
blood. Up to one in a hundred cases will 
result in death, either from acute Hver 
failure or from the eventual appearance 
of liver cancer. 

In addition to gay men, other persons 
at high risk of contracting the disease 
are those routinely exposed to blood 
(surgeons, dentists, nurses, medical lab 
technicians, kidney dialysis patients) as 
well as individuals in mental and penal 
institutions. With 100,000 new cases of 
hepatitis B occurring each year in North 
America, demand for the vaccine prom- 
ises to be fierce. 

MSD representatives have said that, at 
least initially, quantities of the vaccine 
will be limited. It is the first vaccine to 
be made from human blood, and the 65 
weeks necessary for production and 
testing is longer than the manufacturing 
time of any other vaccine. 

The process begins with the collection 





/ 




of blood plasma from individuals 
known to be chronic carriers of the 
virus. Because of their high infection 
and carrier rate, gay men have supplied 
much of the starting material for the 
vaccine's production. 



During the manufacturing process the 
blood plasma is treated to inactivate any 
residual virus, subsequent to the purifi- 
cation of viral proteins. Studies on gay 
men, first in New York City and then in 
five other major US centres, have 



shown that three injections of the puri- 
fied viral protein given over a period of 
six months result in complete protective 
immunity in almost all cases. 

The vaccine does not provide any 
protection against hepatitis A, which is 
caused by a completely different virus 
and which is responsible for about half 
the hepatitis cases in gay men. Hepatitis 
A, however, is not considered as serious 
an illness because it does not give rise to 
the carrier state nor to Uver cancer. The 
vaccine also will not provide protection 
against much rarer viruses which can 
also cause hepatitis. 

Hubert Martel, vice-president of MSD 
Canada, told TBP that the company 
hopes there will be no shortage of vac- 
cine in Canada. "Hundreds of thou- 
sands of doses will be available," he 
said, "and while there is a limited sup- 
ply, we expect to be able to meet 
demand." Martel also remarked that 
the vaccine will be very expensive, per- 
haps $150 for the three injections. Prov- 
incial health insurance programmes will 
not cover this expense in most circum- 
stances, leaving a heavy financial bur- 
den upon individuals. 

However, TBP has learned from 
reliable sources in the US that the quan- 
tity of vaccine to be released here is 
almost certain to be far less than "hun- 
dreds of thousands" of doses. Because 
of production shortfalls, Canada will 
likely receive enough vaccine to immu- 
nize only 30,000 people. This will clearly 
be far less than the demand, given that 
in Ontario alone there are 20,(X)0 high- 
risk health professionals and 10,(X)0 ins- 
titutionalized persons in addition to a 
large gay male population. 

With the threat of a shortage loom- 
ing, some provincial governments are 
considering purchasing quantities of the 
vaccine for distribution. Saskatchewan 
apparently has already placed an order 
with MSD Canada's head ofice in Mon- 
treal. Dr R Andreychuk of the Ontario 
Ministry of Health told TBP that they 
are presently holding discussions to 
decide the extent to which the province 
will become involved in the distribution 
of the vaccine. If substantial quantities 
are purchased by provincial 'govern- 
ments, the priority for distribution 
would lie with the provinces instead of 
MSD. 

In either case, gay men may find 
themselves ranked with low priority 
compared to dentists, doctors and ins- 
titutionalized persons, it would be 
ironic indeed if a vaccine made from 
gay blood, and safety tested on gay vol- 
unteers, were not readily available to 
our community. 

Bill Lewis I] 



Mandatory VD testing dropped 



TORONTO —The local Board of Heath 
has officially "canned" the court pro- 
gramme that led to 20 men, charged as 
"keepers" in last year's bath raids, be- 
ing ordered to undergo VD testing. 

The VD Review Committee, in a recent 
report to the board, recommended that 
the programme be terminated on the 
grounds that its social benefits did not 
justify the threat to individual liberties. 

The issue of mandatory VD testing was 
called into question after Dr William 
Frank of the Department of Public 
Health VD Control Section was quoted in 
the media on February 12, 1981, stating 
that the men charged as "keepers" would 
be required to undergo testing. This ac- 
tion prompted a letter from two Toronto 
physicians, Randall Coates and Stephen 



Atkinson, to the Board of Health criti- 
cizing the programme and questioning 
the motive in maintaining it. "We are 
hard pressed to view these issuances as 
measures of VD prevention. Rather, they 
appear to us as additional indications of 
harassment of the gay minority under the 
guise of an archaic legal mandate," wrote 
Coates and Atkinson. 

The rationale for the court pro- 
gramme, which routinely ordered those 
charged with certain sexual offences to 
undergo VD testing, was that these indiv- 
iduals ran a greater risk of being infected. 
Although the VD Review Committee 
found this to be true of prostitutes, they 
found no sound epidemiological evidence 
to justify mandatory screening of 
"keepers of steambaths." 



The report also emphasized that confi- 
dentiality was being breached by the 
court programme, since it was public 
knowledge that people charged with cer- 
tain sexual offences would be required to 
undergo VD testing. The VD Prevention 
Act guarantees that all information rela- 
ting to individuals tested would remain 
strictly confidential. 

In a similar incident in Montreal in 
October 1977, 144 men charged as found- 
ins after a police raid on the Truxx bar 
were forced to undergo medical examina- 
tions for VD, and then ordered to submit 
to further tests as one of the bail require- 
ments pending trial. After a long battle, 
the Quebec Court of Appeal decided in 
August 1979 that the municipal court had 
exceeded its jurisdiction in ordering these 
subsequent tests. The legality of the first 
test, however, since the Public Health 
Act regulation allows ihcm, was upheld. 
I)ann> C'ockerline 



T 



MAY 1982 



THE BODY POLITIC/11 



ORGANIZING 



Lesbian action sparks new groups 



Montreal, Toronto and five British 
Columbia cities were the sites of 
organized lesbian activity against the 
right March 27. The day of simulta- 
neous events was planned at last May's 
lesbian conference in Vancouver. 

In the province where the idea first 
caught fire, coordination was provided 
by the Lesbian Action Committee of the 
British Columbia Federation of 
Women. While only small numbers of 
women attended a workshop on lesbians 
and the law in Vernon and a video 
screening in Terrace, in both centres les- 
bian support groups have been formed 
as a result. Northern Lesbians, based in 
Terrace, has established links with gay 
people in Prince Rupert and Alaska, 
while Vernon has already arranged a 
social event involving lesbians from all 
over the Okanagan Valley, including 
women from mixed gay organizations in 
Kelowna and Kamloops. 

In Victoria, a series of social and edu- 
cational activities was organized by an 
ad hoc group of lesbians from the Les- 
bian Caucus of Rape Assault and the 
Vancouver Island lesbian newspaper, 
Flagrant. It included radio and televi- 
sion interviews, a display at the 
women's bookstore, a film and video 
festival and the first mixed (lesbian and 
gay male) dance the city has seen in six 
years. The dance was co-sponsored by 
the Island Gay Community Centre and 
proceeds went to the lesbian 
community. 

A group of eight Vancouver women 
took only three weeks to pull off the 
most ambitious of the March 27 pro- 
jects. The festivities ranged from a Sat- 
urday lunch, to a rally emceed by come- 
dian Lorna Boshman and entertained by 
singers Maura and Luna, to a march led 
by marshalls wielding lavender pom 
poms, which wound its way through 
throngs of Saturday shoppers in fash- 
ionable Gastown. A day of workshops 
took place on Sunday. 

Montreal's Day of Lesbian Solidarity 
seems to have been the most serious of 
the affairs. A day of workshops, con- 
ducted in French, began at 9 am with 50 



participants. Attendance had tripled by 
the time the discussions concluded. Ac- 
cording to one observer, discussing 
topics like Differences Among Lesbians 
and Lesbian Visibility kept the day from 
living up to its name or the hopes of the 
organizers. "Beginning with the ques- 
tion of what a lesbian is really brought 
out divisions rather than solidarity," 
she noted. 

The workshops were followed by a 
plenary, a film showing and a dance. In 
the plenary, some lesbians raised objec- 
tions to other women participating in 
this year's gay pride march. Two deci- 
sions were made: to prepare a manifesto 
and to meet again in October. 

The Lesbian Day of Action held in 
Toronto also departed from the fighting 
the right theme set out by the Vancouver 
conference. 

The afternoon began with ballroom 
dancing (essential for the socially cor- 
rect dyke this season, according to the 
poster) and a self-defence demonstra- 
tion. Discussions of politics and sex 
drew the most enthusiastic response 
from the more than 1(X) women in at- 
tendance. "Women were attracted by 
our fun approach," said organizer 
Weir, "but once they got there they 
were interested in serious discussions." 

The sex workshops were the first such 
public discussions organized by a les- 
bian group in Toronto. "It wasn't possi- 
ble for everyone to open up in such a 
large group," one participant com- 
plained afterwards. "I couldn't have 
said what I was really thinking, when we 
were talking about what turns us on, for 
fear of being judged," said another. 

It was an important beginning, Weir 
insists. "We're moving away from les- 
bian feminism as defined by the Furies 
in 1970 when everything was wonderful 
and we were all supposed to think 
alike," she said. "That orthodoxy is 
breaking down; knee-jerk responses 
aren't good enough any more. I think 
that's the best that can be hoped for." 

The day was financed by a grant from 
the Gay Community Appeal. 

Chris BearchellD 



Getting set for Doing It! 

TORONTO — "Doing It! Lesbian and 
Gay Liberation in the 80s," a national 
conference and festival, will be held 
here June 26 to July 4. 

A dance put on by Toronto's Gay 
Community Dance Committee will 
launch the festivities, followed by Les- 
bian and Gay Pride Day celebrations 
the next day. 

The conference will begin June 30 and 
will include lots for the brain (discussion 
on policing, lesbian and gay youth, the 
right, the politics of sex), lots for the 
soul and brain (movies, theatre events, 
art displays) and lots for the soul alone 
(dances, picnics, opportunities to meet 
people). 

Groups like Gay Fathers and the 
North American Man /Boy Love Asso- 
ciation will be holding mini-confer- 
ences. There will be sessions with names 
like "Wilde 82" (herstory and history), 
and "Lesbians in the Gay Movement" 
(sponsored by the Coalition for Gay 
Rights in Ontario) and a gay media con- 
ference sponsored by TBP. 

A highlight of the conference will be 
the world premiere of a film on Toron- 
to's 1981 bath raids, with a cast of four 
thousand. 

For registration or further informa- 
tion, contact "Doing It!" in care of the 
Toronto Gay Community Council, 730 
Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4, 
or telephone (416) 533-6824. 

Come and "Do It" in Toronto this 
summer! 

Danny CockeriineD 



Gay council a new 
umbrella for Toronto 

From an underground subculture a 
decade ago to thousands of angry — or 
celebratory — lesbians and gay men in 
the streets (not once, but eight or nine 
times in the past year), Toronto's gay 
community has seen some dramatic 
changes. Growth hasn't always been an 
easy, or an even, process. 
The early Toronto gay movement was 



dominated by one or two umbrella or- 
ganizations, much like those that thrive 
in many Canadian cities today. The 
typical gay liberation umbrella group 
has a newsletter, a lesbian caucus, an 
education committee, a phoneline, a 
political action committee and a dance 
committee. And nowadays, in larger 
cities, much of its activity is probably 
geared to what the Moral Majority calls 
recruitment — making it easier for more 
of us to come out. 

In the course of a decade in Toronto, 
a disjointed collection of 60 or more so- 
cial, religious, political, cultural, pro- 
fessional, recreational and community 
service organizations (not to mention 
many gay-identified businesses and in- 
dividual professionals) has emerged. 

Somewhere along the way, though, 
they or their forebears gave up trying to 
fit under one organizational umbrella. 
By 1978, when a meeting was called to 
organize a common response to Anita 
Bryant's visit, many lesbian and gay 
male activists were surprised at how 
many others showed up, at how many 
people they knew, and at how many 
they didn't. 

Since then, especially through George 
Hislop's attempts to enter municipal 
politics, Toronto's gay population has 
acquired a much higher public profile 
which has contributed to its own confi- 
dence and development. The higher 
profile has proven to be a mixed bless- 
ing, bringing with it increased hostility, 
most notably from the police, which has 
in turn hastened the community's trans- 
formation. 

In the wake of the bathhouse raids, 
an idea that had been kicking around 
for a while took on new urgency. The 
Gay Community Council was formed. 

Membership has ballooned since the 
first dozen groups began meeting in the 
drafty basement of the 519 Community 
Centre in March 1981. As many as 25 
organizations at a time, from among a 
total of about 35 participants, send rep- 
resentatives to meetings held the fourth 
Wednesday of every month. 

A temporary structure for the council 
was adopted in January of this year and 
it is still, carefully, unfolding. A com- 
mittee of five coordinators keeps things 
going between meetings. Standing com- 
mittees have been formed to investigate 
gay community/police relations (the sin- 




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MAY 1982 



gle biggest item on the council's agenda 
since the release of the Bruner Report), 
social services for young lesbians and 
gay men, a committee to organize "Do- 
ing it!" Lesbian and Gay Liberation in 
the '80s — a conference scheduled for 
June 30 - July 4, the inescapable finance 
committee and, working closely with it, 
a membership committee. 

This last, modest-sounding project — 
a membership committee — is pivotal to 
the council's future, according to con- 
ventional wisdom among existing coun- 
cil representatives. They know they have 
to be able to sell the organization as a 
more innovative, vital version of the 
too-often-disputed "umbrella," both to 
the members of their own groups and to 
the many groups that have so far only 
received council minutes. 

With a membership structure that al- 
lows each group to choose its own level 
of participation, fees designed to cover 
costs while not taxing anyone's re- 
sources beyond what they can afford 
and a commitment to an efficient ver- 
sion of consensus decision-making, they 
shouldn't have too much difficuhy. Gay 
people not affiliated with other groups 
may participate directly in the council 
through its own committees and by sup- 
porting its projects — particularly "Do- 
ing it!" and the 24-hour recorded 
telephone calendar (923-GAYS), for 
which the council has now taken re- 
sponsibility. The council has two impor- 
tant things going for it: a lot of exciting 
things cue happening in the community, 
and many of the people who make them 
happen recognize the value of talking to 
each other. 

Chris BearchellD 

City pays GO stafT 

OTTAWA — Gays of Ottawa has 
received a $10,000 municipal grant to 
hire a volunteer coordinator, whose job 
will include improving liaison between 
the gay community and social service 
agencies, as well as generating greater 
gay community involvement in the ac- 
tivities of Gays of Ottawa. 

The grant was awarded on April 7, 
after being initially rejected in the city's 
committee system. According to one 
GO activist, much lobbying was re- 
quired for City Council to overturn the 
Social Planning and Development Com- 
mittee's initial verdict. 

On the day of the vote, broadcaster 
Lowell Green used his three hour hot- 
line radio show to get 155 people to reg- 
ister their opposition to the grant by 
phoning city hall. Green admitted that 
he didn't know what the grant was for, 
just that it was going to Gays of 
Ottawa. 

Apart from that, GO deliberately 
tried to keep media coverage to a mini- 
mum before the grant was approved. 
"We were more interested in getting the 
money than the publicity," gay activist 
John Duggan said. "But the extensive 
coverage that did occur after the vote 
A-as surprisingly non-sensation- 
alistic."D 



SPORTS 



In pursuit of the coveted ruby slippers 



Correction 



In last issue's story on submissions to 
the Alberta Human Rights Commis- 
sion ("Groups pressure AHRC," 
page 11), the name of Henry Berg 
was incorrectly substituted for that 
of Ben Berg, the member of Gay In- 
formation and Resources Calgary 
who presented a brief to the commis- 
sion on April 7. 

Our apologies lo Ben Berg for this 
error. The Collective 



TORONTO — The Judy Garland 
Memorial Bowling League played the 
last evening of its regular season April 
19 and, for the second year running, the 
team with the unlikely name of Rain- 
bow High captured the coveted Ruby 
Slippers trophy. 

The JGMBL is one of the oldest gay 
sports leagues in North America, dating 
its origins in the mid 1960s. 

In the 1966-67 season, the St James 
Bowling League consisted of eight 
teams, one of which boasted four les- 
bians and one gay male known to the 
league as "Gypsy." When one of the 
team members took ill, Jim Smith (not 
his real name), a friend of Gypsy, was 
asked to substitute. The next year there 
were two gay teams, and by the follow- 
ing year half the league was gay. 
Jim Smith became secretary, the only 
official position the league had then. In 
1969 the league declared itself all-gay 
and changed its name to the Judy 
Garland Memorial Bowling League. 

Smith recalls the early days of mixed- 
orientation play with amusement. To 
the dismay of straight bowlers the 
members of one of the early gay teams, 
who called themselves the Butter Tarts, 
were not at all closety about their sex- 
uahty. They developed disconcerting 
habits such as shrilling in unison "oh 
no!" whenever a team member bowled 
a gutterball. One night the straights got 
so upset they challanged the gays to 
"step outside." Unimpressed, the But- 
ter Tarts, hands on hips, retorted "Are 
you kidding?" 

With the formation of the JGMBL, 
such problems were eliminated. The 
new name was taken from a spot on 
Fire Island between the Pines and 
Cherry Grove then called the Judy 
Garland Memorial Park (now spoken of 
as the Meat Rack). The Judy Garland 
theme has inspired team names such as 
Emerald City, Friends of Dorothy, and 
Toto Too. 

In 1980 the International Gay Bowl- 
ing Organization (IGBO) was formed, 
the JGMBL being one of the founding 
members. All the other leagues were 



American. The proliferation of gay 
bowling leagues in most large American 
cities since then has been remarkable. 
There are eight in Milwaukee alone. 

Smith, still the league secretary, at- 
tributes bowling's success to the fact 
that it is an equahzing sport. Under the 
handicap system, each player competes 




against his own averge score, so that 
anyone can be a "star for a night" by 
bowling much better than her average. 
Smith contrasts this to softball (of 
which he is a avid player) where the less 
skilled team members never really get a 
chance to save a game. "Bowling is 
something you can do outside the bars 
on a week night that includes competi- 
tion but not too much pressure," Smith 
said. "It's very social. In the course of 
the season you get to meet almost 
everyone in the league." 

The American leagues are continually 
amjized by JGMBL's outrageousness at 
international tournaments. At the Texas 
Roll-Off Tournament (TROT II) in 
Houston which took place at the time of 
last July's royal wedding,- the Rainbow 
High team sported tiaras and handed 
out royal couple matchboxes "from the 
family" "All those big hunks said 



things Uke, 'Can I have two? My 
mother collects them,' " Smith 
chortled. 

Thirty-five JGMBL players attended 
the Second Dixie Classic in Atlanta over 
the Easter weekend. They took "lots of 
Toronto postcards and those Dominion 
shopping bags that say, 'You'll love us 
for more than our meat'." Obviously 
the Americans do; Houston for one 
won't play in a tournament unless 
Toronto is invited. 

But the history of the league hasn't 
been all smooth rolling. In the summer 
of 1979, the downtown Olympia Ed- 
ward bowling alley closed, causing the 
other Toronto gay league (SLY I) to fold 
and the JGMBL , with a depleted 
membership, to play the following 
season at an alley in suburban North 
York. Since then membership has swell- 
ed again and this past year has seen a 
switch to ten-pin bowling (which the 
Americans play) from five-pin. 

With nicknames for its members like 
Betty Anne, Gypsy, and Porno (Jim 
Smith), and a nightly Tessie Time fea- 
turing the tacky jokes of "Tessie", who 
has become almost a league institution. 
Bowling night for the Judy Garland is 
as much a party as anything else. 

As this season draws to a close with 
the playoffs, the league looks forward 
to its infamous annual banquet. True to 
the tradition started by the Butter Tarts 
in 1969, when they affronted the for- 
mally-dressed straights by arriving in 
tennis shorts and elbow-length gloves 
and handing out two dozen butter tarts 
(the edible kind) to their "favourite 
players," the banquets have always 
been the occasion of much 
outrageousness. 

The banquet has been held at the 
Town and Country and at the 
Metropolitan Community Church. Both 
places told them never to come back. 
For three years the banquet was also 
held at the now-defunct Carriage House 
Hotel and at the old King Edward 
Hotel. Quipped Smith, "we're good at 
closing places down." 

Gerry Keith D 



MAY 1982 




BAWDY POLITICS 



On the road with the found-in follies 



TORONTO — With its cast of thou- 
sands and its three locations, Toronto's 
famous bath-raid trials seem to be all 
over the map. Here's an update: 

Back Door Gym and Sauna 

Allan C Fetterly, owner of the Back 
Door Gym and Sauna, was found guilty 
of keeping a common bawdy house in a 
judgement handed down by Judge H 
Meen, March 26. Fetterly was fined 
$3,000. A sum of $1 ,200, confiscated by 
police on the day of the raid, was 
ordered returned to Fetterly over Crown 
objections. Co-accused, Dale DeLong 
and Gerald Willett, were given condi- 
tional discharges and one year's 
probation. 

Fetterly is appealing the conviction, a 
process which could take up to ten 
months. However, the Crown is report- 
ed to have advised the Back Door's 
landlord of the convction. Such a notice 
obliges the landlord to "take all reason- 
able steps to prevent a recurrence of the 
offence," which means the bath could 
well be closed. 

Until the appeal is heard, however, 
closure is halted. The Back Door Gym 
and Sauna remains open. "Business is 
booming," Fetterly told TBP. 

Barracks/Club Baths 

Did police have "reasonable and 
probable" grounds for laying con- 
spiracy charges against the owners of 
the Barracks and the Club? As defence 
counsel Morris Manning sees it, they 
did not. 

A preliminary hearing began before 
Judge D F Graham April 1, the details 
of which we cannot report. However, 
Manning brought the proceedings to an 
abrupt halt by giving notice of appeal of 
a decision made within the hearing, 
which is now not expected to resume 
until September at the earliest. 

The conspiracy charges were laid by 
Sgt Carter of Intelligence. His inves- 
tigation, he told Manning before the 
hearing, did not discover any links 
between the bath owners and organized 
crime. 



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RTPC legal co-ordinator Dennis Findlay: how one helping hand can get two found-ins off 



Scarborough Fare 



"Scarborough? Isn 't that where the 
bluffs are?" "Yeah. They used to be 
along the shore. Now they've moved 
them indoors. " (Overheard in the court 
corridor.) 

Site of the indoor bluffs is Scarbor- 
ough's Courtroom 405. April 16 saw the 
conclusion of the first eight of 19 trial 
days set aside in Scarborough to try 
bath-raid found-ins. Over 135 cases 
were parachuted into Toronto's eastern 
suburb at a marathon trial-setting ses- 
sion February 19. Of these, two have 
already been lobbed back into the city. 

So far, all found-ins have pleaded not 
guilty, leaving the onus on the crown to 
prove otherwise. Trials can be short or 
long, but the shortest are those in which 
the Crown fails to produce evidence, as 
when arresting officers are unable to 
appear in court. 



Bawdy house status of bar upheld 



MONTREAL — The Quebec Court of 
Appeal on March 9 upheld a 1980 ruling 
that the owner of the Truxx bar was 
guilty of keeping a common bawdy- 
house. The court also maintained the 
fine of $5,000 levied against owner 
Giuseppe Salvaggio while reducing his 
prison term from 10 to three days. 

Truxx was originally raided by police 
in October 1977 and 140 men were 
arrested as found-ins. These men have 
not yet been tried, nor have they had 
even one court appearance, presumably 
because the Crown was awaiting the 
outcome of the keeper's appeal. 

The raid caused considerable anger in 
the gay community towards the police, 
who descended on the club in full riot 
gear, forced many of the patrons to sub- 
mit later to VD tests and locked up 20 
men in jail overnight. The subsequent 
trial only increased gay animosity, as the 
presiding judge, Roland Langlois (now 
retired), was blatantly partial to the 
Crown's case and often questioned the 
accused in an aggressive manner. His 



judgment paid no attention to defence 
testimony and rested entirely on police 
accounts of activities in the bar. 

In the appeal court decision. Judge 
Montgomery admitted that Langlois's 
cross-examination of defence witnesses 
was uncalled for, but maintained he was 
not in error in giving more credibility to 
police testimony. The court also found 
that acts of gross indecency, by which 
the trial judge specified he meant mutu- 
al masturbation and anal intercourse, 
had taken place, and that even though 
these acts were performed in the toilets, 
the stall doors were open, allowing 
anyone to see what was going on. 

Montgomery added that he felt even 
if the majority of the Truxx clientele did 
not participate in indecent acts them- 
selves, they went there to watch. Part of 
his reason for this was the full name of 
the establishment, "Truxx Cruising 
Bar," which, he said, was suggestive of 
"habitually promiscuous" behaviour. 

It is not yet known whether the owner 
intends to appeal the matter further. 

RTD 



Observers have noted a possible 
advantage for found-ins brought to trial 
in Scarborough. They have a long way 
to travel, but so do Crown witnesses. 
The latter very often don't make it and 
charges are then withdrawn. 

Fully adjudicated trials have been 
occurring on average of one trial per 
trial-day. Identification of the accused 
has become a crucial issue in these 
trials. Judges have been allowing 
counsel to keep their clients concealed 
in the body of the court until identified 
and pointed out by a Crown witness, 
usually the arresting officer. 

In order to protect the rights of the 
found-ins in this regard, Crown witnes- 
ses have been sent out of the court to 
prevent them from seeing the accused 
during the reading of the charges. 
However, one observer found that by 
standing in the court hallway it was easy 
to see a defendant through windows in 
the courtroom door when he left the 
body of the court to stand before the 
judge while the charge was read. 

Fears were expressed that the win- 
dows thus provided excluded Crown 
witnesses with an unnoticed opportunity 
to refresh their memories. The Crown 
vehemently declared such fears were 
groundless, but the same observer later 
noticed Crown witnesses had suddenly 
become quite scrupulous about not 
appearing near the windows. 

Protection of the identity of the 
defendants has in some cases been car- 
ried to comic extremes. One court visi- 
tor, incorrectly identified by an officer 
as the man he arrested the night of the 
raid, stood up to deny that he was the 
person charged. Dismayed, the Crown 
demanded, "What is your name?" Un- 
dismayed, the visitor refused to state his 
name: "I have a driver's licence. I'll 
show that to you," he offered. "What 
is your name?" the Crown shouted. The 
visitor remained silent, looking at the 
defence counsel. Argument broke out 
between the contending attorneys. The 
visitor remained nameless. The over- 
looked defendant came forward and 
identified himself. The case was 
dismissed. 

Defendants have also been winning 



acquittal on the ground of "lawful 
excuse." Judges have been accepting a 
variety of explanations from accused 
persons: a cheap room for the night; 
sauna used for therapeutic reasons 
(arthritis, asthma); poor late-night 
transit service to home in the suburbs; a 
visit to check gym facilities; newly- 
painted apartment unpleasant.... 

Found-in charges may well be the 
most boring to prosecute. Until the 1981 
raids they had never been extensively 
fought. By fighting the charges, gay 
defendants have been igniting a proce- 
dure that had previously degenerated 
into rubber stamping. 

Dennis Findlay, court monitor for the 
Right to Privacy Committee, learned of 
a defendant who had come to court 
April 6 wanting to plead not guilty. The 
only drawback was that the accused had 
no lawyer. Findlay advised the Crown 
that he would appear for the found-in. 
The practice was not unheard of, but it 
was Findlay's first try. At the end of his 
presentation, the judge gave the defend- 
ant an acquittal. Two days later, Find- 
lay argued a second case. He won that 
too. A rueful Crown remarked after the 
first win: "He did a good job. A fellow 
with no legal training at all!" and then 
added sceptically, " — he says." 

Crown Attorneys have a way with 
words. Two of them say "heeterosex- 
ual," giving the word a thermal touch. 

An undercover officer testifying at 
the Barracks /Club conspiracy hearings 
told of seeing a naked male with his legs 
drawn up "in what is known as the 
'military' position." Sexologists in the 
court concluded that the officer meant 
to say the "missionary" position, but 
assumed the Barracks would have a 
martial word for it. 

Found-in Tally 

Completed trials as of mid-April: 100. 
Wins: 79; losses: 18; pending: 2\J 



Prominent Canadians 
sign up for privacy 

TORONTO - What do Pierre Berton, John 
Sewell, the Student Christian Movement of 
Canada, the Cooperative Housing Federation 
of Toronto, Robert Fulford, Leo Panitch, June 
Callwood, and the Qual<er Committee on 
Jails and Justice all have in common? 

They all want to see Canada's ' 'bawdy 
house" laws repealed, and they've all 
signed an advocacy ad which the Right to 
Privacy Committee will run in the Globe and 
Mail, stating just that. 

The full-page ad is scheduled to run at 
some point during deliberations by the 
federal government's Justice and Legal Af- 
fairs Committee on Bill C-53. This omnibus 
bill will, if passed, bring changes to various 
parts of the Criminal Code, including sec- 
tions dealing with age of consent and a host 
of sexual offences. The legislation does not, 
however, include repeal of the Code's bawdy 
house provisions. As of TBP's mid- April 
press date, the bill was scheduled to be 
before committee from April 21 through the 
end of May. 

There 's still time to ' 'sign up for 
privacy. " Send your name, signature and a 
cheque for $10 (to help pay for the ad) to 
Privacy Ad Campaign, 730 Bathurst St, 
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4. 

Kevin OrrB 



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14/THE BODY POLITIC 






IN COURT 



Teacher faces 
indecency charges 

MONTREAL — A Montreal teacher 
was charged on two counts each of 
gross indecency and contributing to 
juvenile delinquency April 8, when it 
was discovered he had been having sex 
with two male students, aged 15 and 16. 

Roch Menard, 43, a music teacher at 
I'ecole polyvalente La Magdeleine in the 
Montreal suburb of Laprairie, was 
charged following complaints by the 
students' mothers. Menard resigned 
immediately after the charges were 
made public. 

The story received sensational cover- 
age in the Journal de Montreal and 
particularly in the scandeil sheet Photo 
Police which rsm a two-page spread 
complete with photos. Both papers 
alleged that prostitution was involved, 
and hinted that Menard has had rela- 
tions with at least 10 students over the 
past few years. 

Menard emphatically denied the 
prostitution allegations, stating the 
students were willing participants, and 
that he had given them money for taxi 
fare and other expenses, but not for sex. 
In fact, Menard told Photo Police he 
had been living with the mother of one 
of the adolescents, and that she had 
been fully aware of his relationship with 
her son. 

Even school board president RoUand 
Charlebois was quoted in the Journal as 
saying he felt that while Menard was 
primarily responsible, the students had 
had sex with him of their own accord. 
"At 15 years of age," he said, "one is 
no longer a child." 

The trial date is set for May 4. 

Robert IVowD 



DISCRIMINATION 



"A delicate matter": 
School bars speaker 

MONTREAL — A high school prin- 
cipal refused to allow a speaker from 
Gay and Lesbian Friends of Concordia 
(University) to address a grade 11 
humanities class recently because the 
topic was "a delicate matter and parents 
might object." 

The speaker was to be part of a pres- 
entation by a group of Wagar High 
School students to their classmates on 
the subject of homosexuality. One of 
the students in the group, Peggy Donen- 
feld, said the project had already been 
approved by parents. However, princip- 
al Herre de Groot refused to take this 
into account and vetoed the speaker. 

Gay and Lesbian Friends of Concor- 
dia member Jon Wolfe has sent a letter 
of complaint to Quebec's human rights 
commission, since the province's rights 
code prohibits discrimination on the 
grounds of sexual orientation. Due to 
the backlog of cases, the complaint will 
probably not be heard for several 
months, according to Giselle Cloutier of 
the commission. 

The class presentation went ahead, 
with the students using an audiotape of 
an interview with members of the Con- 
cordia group rather than the live speak- 
er. According to Peggy Donenfcld, 
"The class was very interested and 1 
think the students learned a lot from 
it." 

The incident received some coverage 
in local news media, including two artic- 




Flghting to clear his name: Gay social worker Rob Joyce at Vancouver's Senator House 



les in the Montreal Gazette. "Consider- 
ing the controversy generated by this 
issue, I think we raised more awareness 
than we planned on," said Donenfeld. 
Philip Fotheringham D 

Fired social worker 
seeks compensation 

VANCOUVER — A gay social service 
worker continues the battle to have his 
name cleared of allegations that he had 
sex with a fifteen-year-old hustler. 
Rob Joyce was fired February 3 from 
his position as a job counsellor at 
Senator House, a multi-faceted pro- 
gramme for street kids in the Granville- 
Davie Street area (see TBP, March). His 
employer, the British Columbia Correc- 
tions Association (BCCA), dismissed 
Joyce for reasons ranging from using 
working hours "to attend to matters of 
a personal nature" to being "un- 
cooperative, unpleasant, demanding 
and hostile." The reasons were supplied 
after Joyce repeatedly demanded writ- 
ten clearance of the unsubstantiated 
charges that he had paid a youth $60 for 
a blow-job. 

"I was in a Catch-22 situation," said 
Joyce. "If I had said nothing the allega- 
tion would stand; since I complained, 
I'm punished for complaining." 

In a carefully worded letter March 8, 
William Kelley, chairman of the Man- 
agement Committee of the BCCA, told 
Joyce that he was "satisfied" that there 
was no reason for his employer to dis- 



RELIGION 



miss, suspend or discipline Joyce as 
there was no "evidence" to support the 
allegations. Included with this statement 
was a letter of reference praising Joyce 
for his tenacity and his ability to work 
independently. 

Joyce called Kelley' s statements "val- 
ueless" and vowed he will continue to 
prepare a case for wrongful dismissal 
against his employer. "In fact, the letter 
really has done nothing but aggravate 
the situation," Joyce told TBP. 

Still pending is a report from the 
provincial ombudsman's office which 
was initiated in February and is ex- 
pected to be released shortly. "I think 
the (ombudsman's) report will clear me 
beyond a shadow of a doubt," Joyce 
remarked. 

Joyce is determined to receive com- 
pensation for both his dismissal and the 
"three months of agony" which have 
resulted from his pleas for just treat- 
ment. He feels his credibiUty as a social 
service worker is jeopardized until all 
parties concerned denounce the allega- 
tions in writing. 

Joyce continues to plan legal action 
against the provincial Ministry of 
Human Resources and the Alternate 
Shelter Society, the body which oversees 
the Senator House Project. 

Craig Patterson D 

Forces fight rights 

OTTAWA — The Canadian Armed 
Forces has asked the federal govern- 
ment for exemption from certain sec- 
tions of the new Charter of Rights and 



Freedoms barring discrimination on the 
basis of opinion or belief, criminal 
record, sex and mental or physical han- 
dicap. However, government officials 
indicate that the request will almost 
certainly be denied, and that the Armed 
Forces Act might even be tightened up 
to ensure that the miUtary compHes fully 
with the new Charter. 

A National Defence Department 
spokesperson told the Globe and Mail 
March 10 that the exemptions were 
needed "to ensure the discipline and 
order that is necessary in the Armed 
Forces." 

Although sexual orientation is includ- 
ed in neither the Charter nor the Cana- 
dian Human Rights Act, the Armed 
Forces have made clear their opposition 
to extending protection to homosexuals. 
National Defence deputy judge advo- 
cate Col Frank Karwandy told the na- 
tional defence subcommittee of the Sen- 
ate Committee on Foreign Affairs that 
homosexuals are open to blackmail even 
when their sexuality is known, and that 
"History has shown that homosexual 
conduct undermines morale and creates 
conflicts in interpersonal relationships 
which would have a detrimental effect 
on the operational efficiency of the 
Forces." He added that he felt the Can- 
adian public was not prepared to accept 
homosexuals in the military. 

Karwandy also listed a number of 




other factors which he said could under- 
mine the standards of the Forces, such 
as certain political beliefs, criminal 
records, mental handicaps and women 
in combat roles. 

It is uncertain if or when the matter 
will be dealt with by parliament. 

Robert Trow □ 



A gay United Church moderator? 



TORONTO — A prominent local clergy- 
man has publicly prayed that his church 
will elect a homosexual to its highest 
office. 

Rev Clifford Elliott, minister of down- 
town Bloor Street United Church, made 
the remark April 17 in his column in the 
Toronto Star. It came at the end of a 
point-by-point refutation of five argu- 
ments used recently by the Hamilton 
Conference of the United Church of 
Canada to justify its refusal to ordain 
openly lesbian and gay ministers. 

Elliott wrote that the Hamilton body's 
decision "fills me with great sadness. 
More than that. Shame.... We are 
presently celebrating the election of our 
first woman moderator. 1 pray it will 
not be long before we elect our first 
homosexual." 



To the argument that it would be 
difficult to place gay ministers, Elliott 
replied that his church "has ordained 
women for over 40 years — long before 
congregations were open to receiving 
them." 

He countered the fear that lesbian or 
gay ministers would molest children with 
a flat denial, stating that "homosexuals 
are no more likely to be child molesters 
than are heterosexuals." 

While the Hamilton group thought 
that lack of protection for homosexuals 
in human rights codes argued for 
excluding them from the ministry, Elliott 
wrote, "Surely the church should cam- 
paign for such protection, not bow to the 
injustice." 

Elliott showed the folly of the fourth 
argument, thai it vsinild not he reason 



able to ask homosexual ministers to be 
celibate, by stating the simple fact that 
celibacy is not required of any United 
Church clergy. 

The final reason given by the Hamilton 
conference was that there is no theological 
support for a "gay theology." According 
to Elliot, that is "merely to say that some 
theologians disagree with others on the 
matter of homosexuality." 

The decision of one conference does 
not, however, represent the views of the 
church as a whole. The personnel com- 
mittee of the Toronto conference, for 
example, has recently recommended that 
a person's sexual orientation not be con- 
sidered when judging candidates for or- 
dination. And the church's next General 
Council will consider adopting wide- 
ranging policy changes on sexual moral- 
ity, including a recommendation (hat 
openly gay and lesbian candidates be 
accepted for ordination. 

Roger Spalding" 



MAY 1982 



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ANALYSIS: ''DANGEROUS OFFENDERS' 



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DO: Indefinite term for non-violent "crimes" 



George Milne is a prisoner in the federal 
penitentiary in Mission, British Colum- 
bia. He is serving an indeterminate sen- 
tence for committing acts of indecency 
with males under the age of 19. 

According to the Criminal Code of 
Canada, gross indecency (section 157) 
carries a maximum sentence of five 
years in prison. George Milne may be in 
jail for much longer than that. He has 
been classified as a "Dangerous 
Offender" (DO). 

Milne was originally arrested in Febru- 
ary 1979 on five counts each of gross in- 
decency and indecent assault. He pleaded 
guilty to the former charges later that 
year and was awaiting sentence when the 
Crown announced it was going to apply 
for DO classification. 

Milne had two convictions for inde- 
cent assault on his record, both more 
than 10 years previously. However, 
Milne's current lawyer, Richard Brail, 
suspects that the DO appUcation would 
not have been made had Milne been 
heterosexual. 

During Milne's 1980 hearing before 
Judge G Stephen Denroche, psychiatrists 
testifying for both the Crown and the de- 
fence said they felt Milne could not con- 
trol his sexual desires. Denroche accord- 
ingly declared Milne a DO and sentenced 
him to the indeterminate jail term. 

In September 1981, as part of an 
appeal of Milne's DO status, two pro- 
gressive psychiatrists agreed that Milne's 
sexuEil preference could not be changed 
without treatment, but they maintained 
that he was not a harmful person. They 
recommended continued treatment rath- 
er than incarceration. 

On March 10 of this year, however, the 
British Columbia Court of Appeal unan- 
imously upheld Judge Denroche's deci- 
sion. If Milne had won this appeal, he 
would still have faced sentencing on the 
original gross indecency charges. Now, 
he will be jailed indefinitely. 

• 
Milne's plight is a graphic demonstration 
of the inhumane treatment so-called sex 
offenders receive under Canada's 
Criminal Code. As a DO he will probably 
be required to submit to psychiatric 
rehabilitation in order to demonstrate 
that he is willing to change his sexual pat- 
terns. He will also be in constant danger 
of physical abuse at the hands of other 
prisoners. In a letter to TBPlast fall, 
Milne wrote: "Things have gotten so bad 
I voluntarily signed myself into 'the 
hole,' a segregated unit in the prison, for 
my own safety." 

But, like many other men classified as 
DOS (most of whom are gay pedophiles), 
Milne's history shows that he could hard- 
ly be considered dangerous. When he 
was tried for gross indecency in 1979, the 
Crown dropped the five additional 
counts of indecent assault because there 
was no evidence of force, violence or 
coercion. During the tricil, the youths tes- 
tified that they had been willing particip- 
ants. Even the sentencing judge des- 
cribed Milne as a gentle, non-coercive 
individual. 

Section 689 of the Criminal Code 
defines a DO as someone who "has 
shown a failure to control his sexual 
impulses, and a likelihood of causing 
injury, pain or other evil to other 
persons, through failure in the future to 
control his sexual impulses." Under Sec- 
tion 689, all that is necessary as evidence 
is a sex-related conviction and testimony 



from at least two psychiatrists. 

In 1976 the National Gay Rights Coali- 
tion (NGRC) presented a brief to the 
House of Commons Standing Commit- 
tee on Justice and Legal Affairs calling 
for the abolition of DO legislation. The 
brief cited a number of flaws in the 
Criminal Code which reveal an inherent 
bias against the DO and deny him the 
rights guaranteed to persons charged 
under other sections of the Code. 

The strongest criticism made by the 
NGRC brief arises from the lack of clear 
definition of what a DO is. The Code 
gives courts little direction in determin- 
ing dangerousness. Like other ill-de- 
fined Criminal Code concepts (such as 
indecency), dangerousness must be sub- 
jectively determined by the presiding 
judge. 

A former professor of social work at 
McMaster University, Cyril Greenland, 
studied the cases of 17 DOs in Ontario 
penitentiaries in 1971. He concluded that 
"only three of the 17 had been dangerous 
in the sense of seriously threatening the 
life or safety of others. The other men 
were apparently guilty of grossly offen- 
sive or indecent behaviour but were not 
physically violent. In view of this, the 
practice of sentencing pedophiles and ex- 
hibitionists to years of inceu-ceration can 
hardly be justified." 

The DO is somewhat unique among 
sexual offenders in that his sentence is 
determined as much on the basis of psy- 
chiatric evidence as on the so-called crim- 
inal activities he may have committed. 
But there is no reason to think psychiat- 
rists are in any better position to assess 
dangerousness than the courts are. In a 
1976 report in the Globe and Mail, Univ- 
ersity of Toronto criminologist Richard 
V Erickson noted that "psychiatrists can- 
not make reliable or valid judgments 
about dangerousness, are more likely to 
be wrong than right in predicting future 
violent offences and tend to err on the 
side of caution, causing persons to be in- 
carcerated for longer periods than they 
should be." 

On February 9 of this year, Russell 
Fleming, a director of the Penetanguish- 
ene Mental Health Centre, was quoted in 
the Globe and Mail as saying that "the 
courts should stop foisting the question 
on psychiatrists" and should make the 
decision based on the offender's previous 
record. "The courts shouldn't ask us to 
get involved in this adversarial nonsense 
where a Crown attorney shops cU"ound 
for a right-wing psychiatrist to say the 
man should go (to an institution), while 
the defence shops around for a left-wing 
psychiatrist to say he shouldn't," 
Fleming said. 

The law further reveals its anti-sexual 
bias in allowing the DO classification to 
be conferred after only one offence. 
While the Criminal Code states that a 
pattern of repetitive behaviour must be 
established before habitual criminal sta- 
tus can be conferred, no such require- 
ment exists in the DO provisions. Further 
injustices arise from the Code's failure to 
provide for adequate opportunities for 
defence against a Crown application for 
DO status. Although indefinite confine- 
ment is one of the most serious sentences 
anyone can face, there is no provision 
for a jury trial or for a hearing at a 
superior court level. 

The Code also guarantees only seven 
days' notice that a person will be subject 
to consideration as a DO. Since the per- 



son is already in jail, he has virtually no 
opportunity to consult a lawyer and pre- 
pare an adequate defence. Once incarcer- 
ated, the DO is allowed a yearly review 
by a parole board only, not by a judge. 
Even when he is finally released, he is 
still on parole indefinitely. 

Protection from the law is one matter. 
In prison, the DO, like others convicted 
on sex-related charges, is in continual 
danger of reprisals from fellow inmates. 
In his study, Cyril Greenland summed up 
the prison experience for the sexual of- 
fender: "While incarceration for an inde- 
terminate period may provide some de- 
gree of protection for society, it cannot 
in any sense be regarded as anything but 
a brutal, fearful and destructive experi- 
ence for the inmate." 

The attitudes of the courts and the 
psychiatric profession toward DOs can- 
not be considered in isolation from cur- 
rent public opinion. In recent years, pub- 
licity about violent sex crimes by adults 
against children has hardened attitudes 
towards intergenerational sex itself. The 
most recent example of this occurred last 
fall when a British Columbia man, 
Clifford Olson, was convicted of the 
murder of several BC teenagers of both 
sexes. Brail feels that Milne's appeal may 
have suffered from the aftermath of the 
Olson tried, despite the vaunted objectiv- 
ity of the courts. 

Richard Brail suspects that homo- 
phobia was a major factor in the BC 
appeal court's decision to uphold 
Milne's DO status. The court seemed 
unmoved by defence arguments that 
Milne had neither harmed the youths 
nor coerced them into having sex. "All 
they seemed interested in was the fact 
that he had been having sex with 
teenage boys, and had a continuing 
interest in doing so. In their minds, this 
was clearly sufficient evidence of 'evil to 
other persons' to maintain George's 
status," Brail told TRP. 

The DO question also raises the larger 
issue of what have been called victimless 
crimes. DO status can be seen as part of a 
much larger category of offences, inclu- 
ding buggery, indecent assault and gross 
indecency, where no actual harm has 
been done by the act itself. Most convic- 
tions in these cases involve consensual 
sexual acts prosecuted because the acts 
were performed in so-called public pla- 
ces, or with underage persons or prostit- 
utes. Many convictions under these laws 
result from police entrapment. And the 
three offences mentioned are used 
primarily against gay men, just as the DO 
classification is used for the most part 
agEiinst homosexual pedophiles. 

The Criminal Code must be amended 
to protect George Milne, and men like 
him, from a system bent on legislating 
personal morality. As the NGRC brief put 
it, "(these) laws are based on moral 
judgments of sexual acts, rather than on 
a desire to protect society from injury. 
Offences involving coercion or violence 
of a sexual nature should be dealt with 
by the same laws which deal with any 
kind of coercion or violence." 
• 

Meanwhile, George Milne is still in 
jail. Despite the defeat. Brail feels Milne 
is holding up well. He is now planning to 
apply for a move to a different institu- 
tion, where he could have the kind of 
psychiatric treatment which would, he 
hopes, allow an earlier parole. 

Robert TVowD 



MAY 1982 



Irish Customs seize Gay News 



DUBLIN — As a police witch-hunt 
continues to spread in the Irish gay 
community, Britain's largest circulation 
newspaper for homosexuals. Gay News, 
has been impounded by Irish Customs 
officers. 

Customs and Excise authorities in 
Cork impounded subscription copies of 
Gay News in mid-February, and any 
issue of the paper entering Ireland is 
now subject to detention. According to 
Noel Faughnan, a commissioner at the 
National Customs Office in Dublin Cas- 
tle, three recent issues of the paper are 
being examined by the Censorship of 
Publications Board. If the board rules 
the paper is indecent. Gay News might 
be banned from the Irish Republic 
completely. 

This is the second time that Irish offi- 
cials have moved against the popular 
British newspaper. Gay News was im- 
pounded in 1977, but the publishers won 
a case challenging the action. 

A massive police offensive against the 
gay community was touched off by the 
murder of prominent Dublin television 
designer Charles Self in February. Gay 
organizations cooperated in the investi- 
gation until it became clear that the 
police were using the murder as a pre- 
text for an investigation of the gay com- 
munity itself. 

To date more than 1,500 lesbians and 
gay men have been questioned by poHce 
in the course of the investigation, and 
several hundred have been fingerprinted 
and photographed. Police are being sta- 
tioned outside well-known gay clubs 
and are demanding people's names and 
addresses as they leave. Speaker^ at a 
March 24 meeting described police call- 
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informing parents and employers of 
their sexual preference. At least one 
man is losing his job as a result of the 
harassment. 

Gay sex is still completely illegal in 
Ireland, and there are fears that police 
are building a master file of the 
country's gay community. 

A meeting in DubUn's Trinity College 
set up a Gay Defence Committee March 
24. The Committee includes members of 
the National Gay Federation, the Pris- 
oners' Rights Organization and the Irish 
Council for Civil Liberties. 

The Defence Committee is setting up 
a special phone line for people to call 
for legal advice in the face of police 
interrogation, and a leaflet detailing 
what to do in case of arrest is being cir- 
culated. Plans are underway to involve 
other Irish gay organizations in the 
Defence Committee, and arguments will 
be raised in the Irish parliament 
demanding an end to the wave of 
harassment. D 



Boy-lovers' charges dismissed 
as "victim" cites Fifth Amendment 



BOSTON — Tom Reeves, founder of 
the North American Man /Boy Love 
Association (NAMBLA), and Michael 
Thompson, a photographer for 
Boston's Gay Community News, have 
been cleared of charges of "indecent 
assault and battery on a minor under 
the age of fourteen." 

Judge Darrell Outlaw dismissed the 
charges after the alleged "victim" 
invoked the Fifth Amendment and re- 
fused to testify. 

Reeves and Thompson were arrested 
January 19 after the now 16- year-old 
boy underwent police interrogation and 
stated that each of the men had engaged 
in consensual fellatio with him in 1979. 
The whole case is widely believed to be 
part of a police vendetta against 
NAMBLA and Reeves in particular. 

The courtroom was packed by mem- 
bers of groups that had rallied to 
Reeves's defence. A support statement 
deploring the arrests and its sensational 
coverage by the Boston media was 
released jointly by Gay and Lesbian 
Advocates and Defenders, the Metro- 
politan Community Church of Boston, 
Lesbian and Gay Media Advocates, Gay 
Hispanic Men, the Committee Against 



Racial Violence, the Boston Alliance 
Against Registration and the Draft, and 
Gay Community News. When the ver- 
dict was announced the crowd shouted 
its approval and the boy's foster mother 
embraced Reeves in congratulation. 

"Boys are very often coerced and 
threatened as Joey was into making 
statements about sexual contact with 
gay men," said Reeves. "In this case 
there had been no sex between us and 
Joey, and his statements were lies. 

"Judge Outlaw's ruling should indi- 
cate that any boy who is thus coerced, 
even when the statements are true, may 
invoke the Fifth Amendment and thus 
remain silent in court," Reeves added. 
"Joey's attorney gave him correct ad- 
vice, which would keep about 90% of 
all similar cases from coming to 
trial." D 

Worid News credits 

Gay News (London); Gay Community 
News (Boston); Campaign (Sydney); 
iVashington Blade (Washington DC); 
TiVN (Miami); Bay Area Reporter (San 
Francisco); Ken Lovett (Sydney); 
Nambia Newsletter (New York). 



Indecency trial flops, 
Whitehouse must pay 

LONDON — The Romans in Britain 
trial, touted as the morality battle of the 
'80s, fizzled out after two days when the 
prosecution withdrew its case 
March 16. 

The trial was instigated by anti-gay 
crusader Mary Whitehouse, who rose to 
fame after she successfully brought a 
charge of blasphemy against England's 
Gay News \n 1976. 

Now president of the National View- 
ers and Listeners Association, White- 
house charged that a scene in the Na- 
tional Theatre's production of the 
Howard Brenton play contravened the 
1956 Sexual Offences Act because of a 
simulated homosexual rape. The play's 
director, Michael Bogdanov, was 
charged with "procuring and being par- 
ty to an act of gross indecency." 

The Sexual Offences Act is specifical- 
ly designed to criminalize male homo- 
sexual activity in washrooms. Such are 
the peculiarities of the law that, had the 
director-of the play been a woman or 
had the simulated rape been of a 
woman, there would have been no legal 
grounds for prosecution. Whitehouse 
said she felt "the unsuccessful male 
homosexual rape would be an incite- 
ment to some men." 

Defence costs were awarded out of 
public funds, but Whitehouse will have 
to pay her own legal bill, between 

Case closed: Director Bogdanov and wife 




$25,000 and $50,000, for her unsuc- 
cessful attempt to "clean up" the 
theatre. D 

Gay cancer foundln 
straight men, women 

NEW YORK — Kaposi's sarcoma, the 
so-called gay cancer, has been 
discovered in women and heterosexual 
men. 

US researchers have diagnosed the 
disease in nine women and at least 23 
straight males, according to The Wall 
Street Journal. It was originally specu- 
lated that the disease was somehow 
related to the gay lifestyle because many 
of its victims were young, previously 
healthy gay men. However, the new 
cases do not appear to be correlated 
with either promiscuity or drug use. 

Nearly 100 deaths have resulted from 
the disease in the past seven months. It 
emerges either as cancer or pneumonia 
after the body's immunity system has 
broken down. Doctors are now consid- 
ering the possibility that environmental 
factors may be responsible for the 
unusual immuno-suppression character- 
istic which enables the disease to take 
hold.D 

Gay groups oppose 
Aussie law ref onn bill 

SYDNEY — For the fourth time in ten 
months, the New South Wales govern- 
ment is debating a bill to reform the 
state's laws against homosexual activity. 

Legislative Council member Barrie 
Unsworth, a right-wing member of the 
Labour Party, introduced the bill to the 
upper house of the state parliament 
February 18 without consulting gay 
movement leaders. Unsworth claims his 
bill is a "compromise" in light of the 
defeat of another reform attempt, the 
so-called Petersen Bill, last December. 
Unsworth's bill passed second reading 
in the Council March 16. 

Critics of the bill, who include 28 gay 
organizations in Sydney and progressive 
members of parliament, charge that it is 
"dangerous and discriminatory." In the 
proposed legislation buggery and gross 
indecency between males will continue 
to be criminal unless the acts occur be- 
tween two consenting adults over 18 
years of age, in private. The age of con- 
sent for heterosexual sex is 16. 

Heterosexual sex in public (there is no 
"two person" clause) is punishable by a 
$200 fine only if someone complains. 
However, gay sex in private between 
more than two persons is classified as 
"gross indecency," and can incur a two- 
year prison term even if there is no 
complainant. 

Five hundred lesbian and gay demon- 
strators marched on parliament early 
this March to protest the bill and to 
demand full equality. Gay rights lobby- 
ists are now concentrating on killing the 
bill in the lower house, having given up 
all hope of being able to significantly 
amend it. 

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homosexual men," said Barry Charles, 
co-convenor of the Gay Rights Lobby 
and member of the Homosexual Law 
Reform Commission. "Our chance for 
genuine reform is being short-circuited 
by a conservative parliament and its 
cynical politics," he added. 

In the interim, right-wing National 
Country Party members are rallying 
behind Reverend Fred Nile to oppose 
any pro-gay reform. Nile was elected to 
parliament on a morality platform at 
the last state elections. He claims the bill 
"will further promote the moral and 
spiritual decadence of Western society." 

The conservative clergyman suffered 
a setback in his anti-gay campaign, 
however, when the Board of Social 
Responsibility of his own Uniting 
Church called for the decriminalization 
of homosexual acts between consenting 
adults. Nile is also trying to organize a 
Moral Majority-style boycott of televi- 
sion advertisers who buy "unwhole- 
some" programmes, but has achieved 
little success'. D 

NOLAG threatened 
as coordinators quit 

SAN FRANCISCO — The March 14 
resignation of 12 members of the coor- 
dinating committee of the National 
Organization of Lesbians and Gays 
(NOLAG) seems to spell the death of the 
organization only a year after it began. 

NOLAG was founded in April 1981 by 
the organizers of the National March on 
Washington, which occurred in October 
1979. The new organization assumed a 
$19,000 debt incurred by the march. 
Amidst accusations of financial mis- 
management, the debt has been an 
albatross around the group's neck. 

Originally conceived as a national 
mass-action, grassroots organization 
with a coordinating committee of 52 
people representing 1 1 regions, there are 
reportedly only five or six coordinating 
committee members left, and the 
national headquarters has been moved 
to Anchorage, Alaska. 

Resigning NOLAG members an- 
nounced plans to form a new National 
Activists' Union of Gays and Lesbians, 
and plan to organize a founding confer- 
ence this summer. D 

Gay "Olympic" Games 
fight to keep name 

SAN FRANCISCO — Despite a contin- 
uing dispute with the United States 
Olympic Committee (USOC) which may 
end up in court, the Gay Olympic 
Games are going ahead in San Fran- 
cisco, August 28 to September 5. 

The USOC objects to the word 
"Olympic" in the advertising and is 
threatening organizers with legal action 
unless the Gay Olympic Games drops 
the word from the name. The organizers 
declare they are willing to negotiate with 
the USOC and suggest inserting a dis- 
claimer whenever the word is used, but 
steadfastly refuse to change the name. 

On another front the committee is 
cancelling a fund-raising showing of 
Leni Riefenstahl's film Olympia. Rief- 
enstahl, a Nazi sympathizer, made the 
film of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin as a 
propaganda piece for Hitler. The show- 
ing was cancelled after gay Jews and 
other activists objected. 

Organizers hope the Olympics will 
provide a "unique opportunity for gay 
sports people to influence social atti- 



tudes" and to combat "popular stereo- 
types about gays on a global scale 
through mass media coverage of the 
events." Opening ceremonies will be 
held in San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. 

To date, 16 countries are indicating 
they will send contingents. A cross- 
country run will bring the Olympic 
torch from the east coast early this sum- 
mer, and the Olympiad will also sponsor 
a week-long festival of lesbian and gay 
artists to coincide with the sports. D 

Council of Europe 
slaps Catholic church 

STRASBOURG — The Council of 
Europe issued a strongly worded state- 
ment criticizing the Roman Catholic 
Church's attitude toward homosexuality 
April 14. 

The criticism followed the Catholic 
Diocese of Strasbourg's decision not to 
allow delegates to a meeting of the In- 
ternational Gay Association to use its 
Young Christian Worker Hostel over 
Easter as planned. 

IGA delegates were attending an in- 
formal Easter conference before the or- 
ganization's yearly International Con- 
ference which will be held in Washing- 
ton from July 12 to 17. 

The 120 delegates, representing 27 
gay organizations from seven countries, 
were eventually housed in tents on a dis- 
used airfield. D 

Australians celebrate 
Mardi Gras, Gay Day 

SYDNEY — This year's annual gay 
Mardi Gras exceeded all expectations 
and outdid Sydney's official Mardi Gras 
as 10,000 lesbians and gay men paraded 
with 25 floats through the city's enter- 
tainment area on the night of Saturday, 
February 27. 

The city's first gay "Mardi Gras" was 
held in 1978 at the end of Gay Pride 
activities in June, and resulted in hun- 
dreds of arrests after a series of violent 
confrontations with city poUce. 

This year's event took place without 
trouble in an atmosphere of mutual 
cooperation between organizers, gay 
businesses, city council and police. Syd- 
ney now takes its place as the third lar- 
gest "gay city" in the world. 

A smaller but significant gay festival 
took place two weeks later, on March 
14 in Melbourne. More than 3,000 gay 
people assembled in the grandstand of 
the city's Olympic Park for an after- 
noon of song, theatre, and revelry. 

Gay Day '82 was the second for the 
Melbourne community. According to 
Campaign, Australia's largest circula- 
tion gay newspaper, the event achieved 
what it set out to do — to "find some 
common ground between the commer- 
cial and political interests within the 
community and to Celebrate the change 
of law regarding homosexuality which 
inspired the first Gay Day last year. "HI 

Austin groups win 
protection in housing 

AUSTIN — The city's gay community 
scored its second major victory of the 
year February 18 as city council ap- 
proved an amendment to its anti-dis- 
crimination by-law designed to protect 
lesbians and gay men against discrimin- 
ation in housing. 

Last autumn a group calling itself 



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Austin Citizens for Decency (ACD) went 
on the offensive and organized a peti- 
tion drive calling for the adoption of an 
ordinance reading, "It shall not be 
unlawful to deny housing on the basis 
of sexual orientation." AUhough ACD 
succeeded in getting the question on a 
January 16 ballot, the anti-gay measure 
was soundly defeated by a 63% margin 
as a result of the work of Citizens for a 
United Austin (CUA), which was organ- 
ized to oppose the ordinance. 

The February 18 decision to protect 
lesbians and gay men cannot be re- 
pealed by a referendum, and another 
initiative cannot be held on the identical 
question for at least two years. 

Despite the double defeat, ACD's 
Steven Hotze said the unsuccessful ini- 
tiative still let gay people know that 
"Austin is not going to let them come 
and take over the city like they have in 
other parts of the country." He added 
that his organization will concentrate on 
the city council elections next year. 

Gay activists see little threat of a 
homophobic election victory. "If (the 
homophobes) have the same sophistica- 
tion in working on the City Council 
campaigns that they showed in their 
own campaign, it would be very good 
news for us," said CUA's Steve 
Thomas. "They were really awful." D 

Mother church fires 
long-time employees 

BOSTON — A long-time reporter for 
The Christian Science Monitor and an 
executive for the church's world head- 
quarters have been fired because of 
their sexual orientation. 

Thirty-year-old Christine Madson was 
called "evil and immoral" and "an 
adulterer" by the manager of the Chris- 
tian Science Publishing Society before 
her dismissal January 4. She had been 
employed by the paper for seven years, 
and has the unanimous support of her 
co-workers. 

Jim Ogan, a 36-year-old business and 
cost analysis supervisor for the Build- 
ings and Grounds Division of the 
church, was dismissed March 11 after 
nine years of employment when an 
anonymous letter was received by the 
personnel department denouncing him 
as a homosexual. Neither Madson nor 
Ogan were "out" at work, but Madson 
would not deny her lesbianism when 
accused. 

Christian Science teaches that all non- 
procreative sex requires "healing," and 
affihated churches generally exclude 
men and women who come out. 

"Anybody who is proud of being gay, 
who brings a lover to church and says, 
'This is my spouse,' is thrown out," 
says Bob McCullough of Gay People in 
Christian Science. "Frankly, the church 
is filled with gay men. But most of them 
are very closeted and beaten down; they 
are working for a 'healing'." 

McCullough says women and gay 
men are often attracted to Christian 
Science "because the teachings are filled 
with androgyny — descriptions of God 
as female as well as male. In Christian 
Science each person must bring out the 
male and female within them." 

Madson remains a church member 
and has not decided whether she will sue 
her former employer for wrongful dis- 
missal. Courts have previously ruled 
that religious institutions have the right 
to hire and fire employees in accordance 
with their moral dogmas, and discrimin- 
ation on the basis of sexual preference is 
not illegal in Massachusetts. Ogan has, 
however, launched a suit against the 



church for damages amounting to one 
year's salary. 

Madson claims she didn't recognize 
the church's homophobia until she 
started working at the centre. "I've 
spent years thinking about the two and 
can't find any way that the two can't go 
together," she says.D 

Black and white men 
charge ghetto racism 

NEW YORK /SAN FRANCISCO — 
The San Francisco branch of Black and 
White Men Together (BWMT) has 
released a survey on racism in 99 of the 
city's gay bars. The group's New York 
branch has suspended its weekend pick- 
et of the Ice Palace after intervention by 
the state of New York's Division of 
Human Rights convinced the disco's 
owners to negotiate. 

According to the survey, "Gay bars in 
San Francisco are highly segregated in 
terms of employment and patronage." 
The clientele of 78% of the bars surveyed 
was at least 88% white and 29% of the 
99 bars were exclusively white. Ethnic 
minorities are employed mostly in bars 
not patronized by whites. Of 300 
employees visibly on duty on the night of 
the survey, only 27 were non-white. 

Only two of the 99 bars are exclusive- 
ly non-white. Both are small Latin bars. 
Only 14 can be described as integrated, 
with a racial mix of which whites consti- 
tuted between 40% and 80%. 

BWMT spokesperson Jim Ivory said 
he hoped the survey would lead to dis- 
cussions with bar owners resulting in the 
hiring of more members of ethnic 
minorities. 

The picketing of the Ice Palace began 
last December after owners refused to 
commit themselves to a nondiscrimin- 
atory door policy and to apologize in 
writing to two black members of BWMT 
who were denied entry. BWMT took the 
case to the Human Rights Division, 
which organized a meeting between the 
two parties February 4. Although the 
representatives of the disco did not 
show up, the disco's owner subsequent- 
ly agreed to negotiate with the group. 

Ice Palace manager Kevin Cahill 
denied the disco discriminated. "We 
hire everything {sic) here: black people, 
Chinese people, lesbians, straight 
people... the only thing we screen for at 
the door is age." 

John Klauder of BWMT testified that 
he and another black man were turned 
away from the disco on November 15 
when they could not produce three pic- 
ture IDs. At the same time whites and 
non-whites accompanied by whites were 
admitted without being "carded." D 

Lesbian Sex Mafia 
promotes "PI" sex 

NEW YORK — Lesbians who "prac- 
tice, advocate or have fantasies which 
involve 'politically incorrect sex"* have 
formed a new group, the Lesbian Sex 
Mafia (LSM). 

According to the group's press 
release, the LSM's bi-monthly pro- 
gramme for members only includes such 
wide-ranging subjects as "Therapeutic 
S/M," "Role Playing from Butch /Fem 
to Mommy/ Daughter," "Recreational 
Drugs and Sex" and "Pornography: 
How it Changed My Life." 

The group is planning a "Speak Out 
on Politically Incorrect Sex" to coincide 
with the Scholar and Feminist Confer- 
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TV/RddiO Stephen Stuckey 

CThe World of Women — Opposing Views 
on Women and Pornography. Second of two 
CBC Stereo Ideas programmes. Includes dis- 
cussion on free speech, censorship. Partici- 
pants include Susan Griffin, author of Por- 
nography and Silence. Fri, April 30, 8 pm. 
D And .Now For Something Completely Dif- 
ferent. A selection of the best bits from the 
landmark TV series Manly Python 's Flying 
Circus. Features Graham Chapman, Basil 
the Killer Sheep and the Pantomime Princess 
Margaret. CITY-TV, Fri, April 30, 8 pm. 
DThe Shulman File. "Take a Shot at 
Morty." Outraged viewers get to tell off 
Mort Shulman, the offensive muckraking 
Toronto Sun columnist and TV celebrity. 
Gay activists participate. CITY-TV, Sat, May 
1, 8 pm. 

DFran Leibowitz. In a special one-hour in- 
terview with City Lights' irrepressible Brian 
Linehan, the author of humour books Met- 
ropolitan Life and Social Studies speaks 
frankly on her admiration for cigarettes and 
George Bernard Shaw. CITY-TV. Sun, May 2, 
7 pm and again Sat, May 8 at 7 pm. 
D Legal Sex. Lome and Fay Rozofsky, 
authors of Legal Sex, including gay sex, chat 
to talk-show hostess Mikki Moore, You're 
Beautiful, CITY-TV, Wed, May 5, 3 pm. 



Music Andrew Zealley 

DThe Human League. The most popular 
group in Britain at the moment. Their last 
album Dare! has reached number one in 
most countries of the Western world. Proba- 
bly the best electro-pop today. Massey Hall, 
Shuter St. Fri, y\pril 30. Tickets at BASS 
698-2277. 

C Alive! The San Francisco-based women's 
jazz quintet makes its Toronto debut in the 
Brigantine Room at Harbourfront, 235 
Queen's Quay W. In the last several years the 
group has received a sheaf of very good re- 
views and built a devoted following. Their 
lyrics express a feminist consciousness in 
terms of concrete experience while avoiding 
abstract rhetoric. Sat, May 1 at 9 pm. $6 at 
BASS, Toronto Women's Bookstore, SCM 
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still have sizzle to spare. Worth a drive to 
Steel City. Call 1-800-263-6972 toll-free. Fri, 
May 7 at 9:30 pm. 

CDepeche Mode. Finely polished British 
electro-pop. First North American tour. The 
cleanest looking group of youngsters to play 
synthesizers. "Hey, you're such a pretty boy 
— what's your name?" Sun, May 9. Concert 
Hall. Tickets at BASS 698-2277. 
[J Baroque Women Composers. The final 
presentation in the Lost Women Composers 
series. The featured speaker is Jean Lamon, 
the musical director of Tafelmusik Baroque 
Orchestra. A vocal and string ensemble will 
also perform. Tues, May 18, 5-7:30 pm. 
Trinity United Church, 427 Bloor St W. 
Info: 920-9797. 

DCTand April. Classical guitarist April 
Kassirer and violist Carol T Rowe play 
together publicly for the first time in four 
years in this reunion performance at Innis 
College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave (at St 
George). They perform a blend of classically 
oriented original material, folk and blues, en- 
hanced by April's high, easy vocals. Part of 
Womynly Way Productions "Reaching Out 
on the Environment" series. Advance tickets 
$5.50 at Toronto Women's Bookstore, SCM 




Joe Brainard meets Marilyn Monroe: Sky Gilbert's latest play running April 29th-May 16th 



Bookroom and Parliament Gold Records; 
$6.50 at the door. Interpreted for the hearing- 
impaired; free childcare. Fri, May 21, 8 pm. 
DMartha Reeves. Original Motown, "Heat- 
wave." Ei Mocambo Tavern, 464 Spadina 
Ave. 8 pm. Fri-Sat May 21-22. Tickets at 
BASS 698-2277. 

DThe Jam. Post-punk pop trio whose style 
has been changing rapidly over the past few 
years. Their present album and tour deals 
with white funk music. Politically active in 
Britain in human rights and Rock Against 
Racism. CNE Coliseum. Mon, May 24. 
Tickets at BASS 698-2277. 
DMama Quilla IL Toronto's hot women's 
band have just recorded their first album 
and are looking for money to pay for the 
pressing. Check them out at the Cameron 
House, 408 Queen St W. Thurs-Sat, May 
27-29.364-0811. 

DPAN AM at (he RivolL Dance music with 
live DJ, Andrew Zealley of the pop quartet 
TBA. Modern mixed crowd. Cover charge. 
Tbes nights at the Rivoli, 334 Queen St W. 
596-1908. 



Stage JonKaplan 

D Marilyn Monroe Is Alive and Well and 
Living in Joe's Brain. A production by Bud- 
dies in Bad Times Theatre, directed by Sky 
Gilbert. A theatrical fantasy based on the 
work of New York poet Joe Brainard, con- 
cerned with gay love, art and movies in the 
Sixties. Explores "queer bars," masturba- 
tion in the shower, with an intimate glimpse 
of Marilyn Monroe on her way to that big 
close-up. Thurs, April 29 to Sun, May 16. 
Thurs-Sat, 8:30 pm; Sun, 2:30 pm. The 
Theatre Centre, 666 King St W, 862-0659. 
DThe Club. Another production of Eve 
Merriam's play. Sends up male views of 
women by having women take the parts of 
men in an exclusive turn-of-the-century male 
club. Through May 1, 8:30 pm. Alumnae 
Theatre, 70 Berkeley St, 364-4170. 
DBIoolips. This crazed group of drag 
queens, proprietors of the Nuclear Launder- 
ama, get sent by the Queen on a cultural ex- 
change programme to the moon. Lunacy, 



sexual satire, lust in space, conformity com- 
puters, tap dancing, a paean to androgyny 
— expect it all from Bloolips. Co-produced 
by Stage! and CFNY-FM. T\jes-Sun. Through 
May 2 at 8 pm. Special Sat late show 1 1 pm 
and Sun show 3 pm. Bathurst St Theatre, 
736 Bathurst St. Tickets at Box Office 
(595-5088) or BASS (698-2277). 
DTom Kneebone. A cabaret performance by 
one of Toronto's established cabaret per- 
formers. The Mainstage, 251 Sherbourne St. 
365-9972. T\ies-Sun, through May 16. T\vo 
shows nightly at 8:30 and 11 pm. Sunday 
showbrunch from 12 noon. 
CUThe Desert Song. A "pocket version" of 
the Harbach/Hammerstein/ Romberg oper- 
etta, in the style of last year's version of 
Rose Marie. Romance in the desert, where 
the bandit Riffs strikes terror in the hearts of 
the locals. Previews begin May 19; opening 
May 27. At the Royal George Theatre as part 
of the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 
361-1544 (Toronto direct line). 
D Arlene Meadows and David Walden. 
Toronto comedy and singing revue team. 
The Mainstage, 251 Sherbourne St. 
365-9972. TXies-Sun, May 19- June 6. Preview 
May 18. 

DCamllie. A revival of Robert David Mac- 
Donald's three-focus version of the Camille 
story — history, theatre and opera. Last 
year's production was superbly theatrical, 
and this year's once again features Goldie 
Semple in the title role. The play also has 
several gay characters. Previews May 21 , 22, 
26; opens May 28. In repertory with other 
productions at the Shaw Festival, Niagara- 
on-the-Lake, through August 1. 361-1544 
(Toronto direct line). 

D Funeral Games and The Good and Faith- 
ful Servant. TNvo short plays by Joe Orton, 
originally written as television plays for the 
BBC. One play deals with the problems of 
aging and working; the other is about a TV 
evangelist who tries to kill his wife. The pro- 
ductions are by a new theatre company, 
SchrOdinger's Cat. May 25-30, 8 pm. The 
Theatre Centre, 666 King St W. 862-0659. 
DLet My People Come. A musical about 
sex, including some lesbian and gay material. 
Basin St Cabaret, 180 Queen St W. Mon- 
Thurs, 8 pm; Fri-Sat, 8 and 1 1 pm. 598-3013. 
Unlimited run. 



Call It Jazz: The quintet Alive! brings an exciting blend of piano, bass, percussion and vocals to TO from SF. At Harbourfront, May 1st 



20/THE BODY POLITIC 





Dance ColmMcEnery 

n Toronto Dance Theatre. Recent 
works by two of the company's founding 
directors: Tango; so! and Enter the Dawn by 
Peter Randazzo, and Exit, Nightfall by 
David Earle. Also, premiere of new work by 
resident choreographer Christopher House. 
Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St. 
TUes-Sat, May 4-8 at 8 pm. 967-1365. Open 
House for TDT, featuring performances, 
open classes, photo and costume displays. 
Sat, May 1 in the afternoon. 
D National Ballet of Canada. Canada's dow- 
ager of classical ballet presents Bournon- 
ville's 1843 romp, Napoli, May 5-9, Les Syl- 
phides and Washington Square May 13-16, 
and Cranko's glorious Romeo and Juliet 
May 19-23. Special Gala performance May 
12 featuring Paolo Bortoluzzi, Jennifer Pen- 
ney and Wayne Eagling of the Royal Ballet 
with members of the National Ballet School 
in an evening of divertissements. Wed-Sat 8 
pm. Sat matinee 2 pm. Sun matinee 3 pm. 
O'Keefe Centre. 698-2626. 
DDanceworks. Spring Workshop for stu- 
dents and experienced choreographers to 
show experimental work. Discussion to fol- 
low; the audience is invited to participate. 
Sat, May 9 at 8 pm. Workman Auditorium, 
Queen Street Mental Health Centre, 1001 
Queen St W. 

DTheatre Ballet of Canada. The fusion of 
Entre Six and Ballet Ys and the artistic direc- 
tion of Lawrence Gradus has produced 
Theatre Ballet of Canada, the country's new- 
est chamber ballet company. Among the 
works performed will be the Toronto pre- 
miere of Gradus's new piece. Corridors. 
Tues-Sat May 18-22. Ryerson Theatre, 43 
Gerrard St E. Tickets at Ticketron or Ryer- 
son Box Office 595-5088. 



Cinema 

Current 



Michael \Na6e 



! Partners. Dir: James Burrows. With Ryan 
O'Neal, John Hurt. Two cops are duty- 
bound to "impersonate homosexuals" in 
order to inTiUrate a gay community and 
solve a murder. The vulgar premise is that 
hot topics like "gay murders" and lisping 
lavender make for frolicsome comedy. 
Famous Players Theatre to be announced. 
n Personal Best. Dir: Robert Towne. With 
Mariel Hemingway. A precision piece in 
which a lesbian pentathlon athlete struggles 
to prove herself as both a lover and com- 
petitor. Presented with sober grace and fine 
strength, although the David Hamilloncsque 



photography borders on titillation. Uptown 
Three, Yonge at Bloor. 922-31 13. 
D Making Love. Dir: Arthur Hiller. With 
Michael Ontkean, Kate Jackson. This teary 
rendition of a married man's coming out has 
become this year's richest resource of cock- 
tail chatter. As attractive and respectable as 
a Lacoste shirt — and about as bland. 
Uptown Backstage One, Yonge at Bloor. 
922-3113. 

DBoys in the Band. Dir: William Freidkin. 
This filmed staging of a gathering of New 
York queens at a calamitous birthday party 
was widely condemned by gay activists when 
it first appeared in 1970. A cultural artifact 
that deserves to be unearthed to see how 
we understand ourselves — and the film 
—now. Eaton Centre Cineplex. 
One Dundas St W. 396-3456. 
\ D Richard's Things. Dir: Anthony 
Harvey. With Liv UUman, Amanda 
Redman. Lesbianism as meta- 
phor. A man's death brings 
together his wife and his mis- 
tress for the first time. They 
soon find themselves in love, adrift 
in a deluge of affected symbolism 
and tidy paradoxical dialogue. But 
their love is only a surrogate for their long- 
ing for the dead man. Carlton Cineplex, 
Carlton St. 396-3456. 
lD Victor/ Victoria. Dir: Blake Edwards. A 
fizzy, elaborate farce with Julie Andrews as 
a chanteuse posing as a Polish count cum 
drag queen, James Garner as a tough guy 
gangster who falls uncomfortably in love 
with him/her and Robert Preston as her gut- 
sy gay guardian angel. Didactic without 
being ponderous, it's worth ten Making 
Love's. Sheraton Centre One, Queen St W 
opposite City Hall. 864-1412. 
D Deathtrap. Dir: Sidney Lumet. With 
Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine. A slap- 
happy thriller whose complications have just 
begun when two gay lovers bump off the un- 
necessary wife who comes between them. 
Uptown One, Yonge at Bloor. 922-31 13. 
DThe Devil's Playground. Dir: Fred 
Schepisi. With Simon Burke, John Diedrich. 
"Your body is your worst enemy," a priest 
warns in this rambling diatribe about sexual 
repression in a recklessly Catholic boys' 
school. Although the pubescent students tit- 
ter on and on about things sexual, the extent 
to which the film wants their desires fulfilled 
is left unclear. Carlton Cinemas, 20 Carlton 
St. 269-3456. 

n Visiting Hours. Dir: Jean-Claude Lord. 
With Lee Grant. A Canadian-made shocker. 
After a female newscaster editorializes some 
liberal-feminist sentiments on air, she re- 
ceives eerie death threats from a woman- 
hating psychopath who wishes to film her 
being murdered. Opens May 21, Theatre 
TBA. 

Repertory 

I I United Arlisis Showcase. With MGM hav- 
ing bought United Artists from Trans- 
amcrica, they have now assembled a two- 
month series of films from the UA archives 
that will run until the end of May. The result 
is an eclectic mixture of movies which in- 
cludes: Fellini's hysterically erotic Satyricon 
(May 7 at 9:25 pm). Some Like It Hot (May 
8, 9:30 pm) featuring Jack Lcmmon in joy- 
ous drag; R W Fassbinder's parody of Nazi 




excess, Lili Marleen 
May 9, 6:30 pm and 9 pm); 
the rowdy eroticism of Pasolini's 
Decameron (May 19, 7:15 pm); some New 
York homo-greasiness from Midnight Cow- 
boy (May 20, 7 pm); and an inventive double 
bill of sexual and emotional entrapment, 
Sunday Bloody Sunday (May 29, 7:25 pm) 
and Women in Love (May 29, 9:30 pm). 
$3.50. The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles. 



Play it again, sliam 

Yes, the costumes are marvellous — a 
parade of the detritus of western culture 
sewn, glued and safety-pinned together with 
not a hint of good taste. Garbage a la glitz. 
Bracelets that need ironing. Hats you can 
hear at 78 rpm. Skirts that shine with 
Windex. Hose with more holes than Swiss 
cheese. 

Cheese? But of course. This is a show in 
which the costumes are definitely food for 
thought. Precious Pearl as f\/liss Gouda. 
Bossy Bette as l^iss Gorgonzola. Diva Dan 
as Miss Cottage Cheese. Lavinia Co-op as 
n/liss Brie (too runny to appear). Grettle 
Feather as Jane Fondue, stealing the 
limelight but not the show. That's left to the 
audience who. if they're smart, will hoard a 
line, a laugh or one of Bloolips ' indelible 
images for that inevitable rainy day when a 
sunny memory is just what 's needed. 

Lust in Space is the bright side of being 
gay. It's Toto and Tinkerbelle and trash 




without a tear or trauma in sight. This show 
doesn't explain the pink triangle, it wears it 
— in yards and yards of fluorescent borg. 

Clothes, it is said, make the man. Well, 
Bloolips costumes make much more — an- 
drogynous clowns whose tacky pantomime 
throws into high relief the fakeries of con- 
sumer culture. Bloolips are the bag ladies of 
glamour, rummaging through the garbage of 
our entertainment industry to display its lies 
and truths. They reduce the politics of 
costume to new lows while they lly us to the 
moon and back. 

Bravo Bloolips! Play it agam. sham 

Robert Wallacen 
Vancouver is next! Bloolips play the Van- 
couver East Cultural Centre May 12 through 
May 29. 



Roderick Johnson: Taking off in a new 
chamber ballet group. Threatre 
Ballet of Canada, 
May 18-22 



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Bars 



DThe Albany Tavern. 1 58 King St E. 861-1 155. 
Large lounge, beverage room, dance floor, patio, 
now dining lounge. Open Sunday. 
DThe Barn. 83 Granby St. 977-4702. Leather and 
western, casual stand-up bar and disco. 
DBoots at the Selby. 592 Sherbourne St. 
921-3142. Beverage room (Ttie Saloon), large 
lounge (The Long Bar) and upstairs piano bar. 
DBuddy's Backroom Bar. 370 Church St. 
977-9955. Casual stand-up bar. 
DCatneo Club. 95 Trinity St. 368-2824. Licensed 
private dance club for women. FrI and Sat only. 
DDudes. 10 Breadalbane St (laneway behind 
Parkside Tavern). 923-6136. Small stand-up and 
after-hours bar and restaurant. 
DIB East. 18 Eastern Ave. 368-4040. Leather and 
denim tavern. Home of the leather clubs. 
DHotel California featuring The Outpost. 319 Jarvis 
St (soutti of Gerrard, side entrance). 925-6215. 
Lounge with stand-up bar. Dining room, pool room. 
DKatrina's. 5 St Joseph St. 961-4740. Stand-up 
bar with dance floor. Open Fri and Sat to 4 am 
Cover charge on weekends. Dining lounge. 
Dies Cavaliers. 418 Church St. 977-4702. Piano 
bar popular with older men. 
DThe Mainstage. 251 King St E (at Sherbourne). 
365-9972. Nightclub and bar featuring musi- 
cal/comedy acts. Tues-Sat, two shows nightly at 
8:30 and 1 1 :00 pm; Sunday showbrunches. Ham- 
burger menu plus pre-show dinner. 
D Parkside Tavern. 530 Yonge St. 922-3844. Bar, 
dining room and men's beverage room. 
DThe Quest. 665 Yonge St. 964-8641 . Bar, dining 
room and upstairs disco. 
DSt Charles Tavern. 488 Yonge St. 925-5517. 
City's landmark straight-owned gay bar. 
DTogether. 457 Church St. 923-3469. Bar, dining 
room. Comfortable space for women. 



Baths 



DThe Backdoor Gym and Sauna. 12 1/2 Elm St 
(laneway west of Yonge St. 2 blocks south of Ger- 
rard St). 977-5997. Open 24 hours. 
DThe Barracks. 56 Widmer St. 593-0499. Leather 
and denim. Open 6 pm to 10 am during week and 
24 hours on weekend. 

DThe Club. 231 Mutual St. 977-4629 Open 24 
hours. 

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



Discos 



DCharly's. 488 Yonge St, 925-5517. Men only. Fri 

and Sat 10 pm to 3:30 am. 

nManatee. IIASt Joseph St. 922-1898 Men 

only Fri. Sat and Sun 

; Stages. 530 Yonge St. 928-0492. Mixed. Sat 

12-5 am. Sun 10:30 pm-4 am. 

Restaurants/cafes 

Gay management/gay-positive ambience 

The Chuck Wagon. 592 Sherbourne St 
921-3142 Inexpensive steak and chicken 
restaurant Salad bar 

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

Empire OIner. 678 Yonge St 967-331 1 . 
Restaurant and after-hours caf6 



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DFare Exchange. 4 Irwin Ave. 923-5924. Small 
neighbourhood caf6. 

DThe Fat Squirrel Catering Company. 18 Eastern 
Ave, 368-4040. Informal, reasonably priced home- 
cooked meals. 158 King St E, 861-1 155. Burger, 
delicatessen and outdoor barbeque menu. 
HJennie's, 360 Queen St E (at Parliament). 
861-1461 Casual restaurant with light snacks, 
fixed-price menu. Fully licensed. 
□Lipstick. 580 Parliament St. 922-6655. Caf6-bar 
with informal dining. 

DMajor Roberts Upstairs and Downstairs. 124 Mar- 
bord St. 968-7000. Neighbourhood bar upstairs, 
dining room downstairs. Inexpensive lunches. 
Fixed-price Sunday brunch. 
IZMushrooms. 49 Front St E. 368-1898. Casual 



LASTMONTH 



Both sides now 

An Evening by Sky Gilbert. Factory Theatre 
Lab, April 3-4. 

"How do you turn an evening into a 
work of art... a play...?" the fretful 
Lover asks in the opening moments of 
Sky Gilbert's An Evening, presented in 
a series of "Brave New Works" by Bud- 
dies in Bad Times Productions. 

Mixing doses of Pirandello and 
Brecht, Gilbert's new theatre piece (with 
lively musical insertions created by 
Micah Barnes) examines, from a num- 
ber of conflicting points of view, the 
romantic implications of a single even- 
ing's encounter between two gay men. 
The older Lover (he's 26!) can't resist 
turning a "beautiful and feathery" 
22-year-oId info his fantasy of a perfect 
Lovee, dreaming that their single (and 
rather dull) date marks the inception of 
an ecstatic affair. Naturally, the prosaic 
resistance of the young man undermines 
this rapture. 

Gilbert constantly plays with our 
sympathies, turning them towards and 
against each character, refusing to vil- 
lainize either the possessive Lover or the 
elusive Lovee. The latter reveals that he 
too has anxieties, in such amusing num- 
bers as "I'm Perfect" and the torchy 
"Tall Boys." 

Gilbert neatly sidesteps the usual 
excesses of preachiness or cuteness to 
explore ways in which gays often fall 
victim to their own fantasies. Mono- 
gamous possession, infatuation and sex- 
ual objectification are all thoughtfully 
dissected by Gilbert's sharp wit. He 
combines the romantic conventions of 
The Music Man with the harder-edged 
self-revelation of A Chorus Line to 
question the dubious values and plati- 
tudes which gays have absorbed from 
such popular entertainments. 

With the help of James Plaxton's fit- 
ting module designs and the assured 
performances of two talented actors, 
Andrew MacBean and Greg Campbell, 
playwright Gilbert forces us to confront 
the strangely funny and often painful 
gap between our romantic yearnings 
and harsher truths. Paul BakerD 

Black success 

Rude Noises (for a blank generation) 

Theatre Passe Muraille, April. 

The faded singing of fey blonde Petula 
Clark ("Downtown") deceivingly opens 
this bitter play about sexually confused 
men running wild in TO. The characters 
have no money, no hope. They die 
young. 

A virgin hustler wears a T-shirt 
glamourizing that other blonde, Marilyn 
Monroe. A pair of Scarborough runa- 
ways hit the Yonge Street strip in search 
of sex, fun, drugs and Brenda, the miss- 
ing sister of one of the boys, who is a 
naive romantic stud in a ripped black 
T-shirt. The handsome ingenue Eddy 
(Lawrence King Phillips) learns about 




basement restaurant. Business/suburban clier^ele 
changes to show- biz and gay crowd in late eve. 
□Neighbours, 562 Church St. 924-1972. Medium- 
priced restaurant. 

□Pimblett's. 249 Gerrard St E. 929-9525. English 
bistro with dinner menu. 
□The Queen Mother Caf6, 206 Queen St W 
598-4719. Cosy, informal eating place with 
reasonably priced soups, salads, sandwiches and 
desserts. Licensed. 




Evening: Andrew McBean, Greg Campbell 

Real Life from the suicidal anorexic 
Beehive (Karen Woolridge). His friend 
is coached into the lucrative-but- 
degrading world of gay hustling by an 
obnoxious creep in a dog collar. The 
poor kid from Scarberia is so disgusted 
by the seamier side of himself that he 



□The VS Restaurant. 251 King St E (at Sher- 
bourne), upstairs. 365-9972. Comfortably elegant, 
' continental menu. Dinner for two with wine: $40. 
Pre-show dinner downstairs in The l^ainstage. 



Accommodation 



□Catnaps Guesthouse. 246 Sherbourne St. 
968-2323. Eight rooms, TV lounge, laundry and 
kitchen facilities, sundeck. One person: $15: two 
people: $18. Also weekly rates. 
□18 East Hotel. 18 Eastern Ave. 368-4040. 
Recently renovated older hotel with bar and dining 
room. 22 rooms, TV lounge. One or two people: 
$20. 



slits his wrists while high-priestess of 
depression Marianne Faithfull croaks, 
"Why'd you do what you did? Why'd 
you let her suck your cock?" 

A black, black success for Theatre 
Passe Muraille. Stephen StuckeyD 

IVIood fusion 

TIDE. Harbourfront, April 8-11. 

Members of Toronto Independent 
Dance Enterprises (TIDE) and the New 
Music Co-op recently presented a vir- 
tuoso performance evening entitled 
"Colliding" at Harbourfront. Using 
sound sources as diverse as the spoken 
word, electronic tapes, manipulation of 
conventional instruments and the 
sounds of the human body in motion, 
the eight dancers /musicians interacted, 
collided and supported each other in a 
multi-mood fusion of two usually separ- 
ate arts. Portions of the evening drew 
heavily on contact improvisation be- 
tween random couples. The resulting 
pairings, regardless of gender or size 
disparity, were adept and intriguing — 
truly non-sexist partnering. This calm 
celebration of potential and relation- 
ships, set under painted, jointed lathes 
and intimately lit, contrasted sharply 
with much of the brittle "conventional" 
dance in the city and created — briefly 
— a warm centre to'an inhospitable 
Spring. Colin McEneryD 




Danny Grossman 's new piece of choreography, Portrait, at the Young People 's Theatre April 
13-18, is often as angular as the off-centre furniture that makes up the set. A study of the 
influence that a man 's family has on his growing- up. sexual and otherwise. Portrait shows 
the central figure (Grossman, in the stranglehold above) trying out both a female lover and a 
male lover. Grossman 's emphasis is not specifically on coming out, but rather on the domes- 
tic forces surrounding the young man. "We were born to be certain things," Grossman said, 
' 'but different energies set us off in other directions. ' ' 

There are enough hostilities in this family scene to fill several psychoanalytic case books. 
The central figure often hangs childlike onto other characters, and sex is performed to the 
sound of fire crackling. Mother and father (Susan tJlacPherson and Greg Parks) both accept 
and then reject the man, and he constantly returns to wrap himself in a security blanket 
which resembles a large red tongue. His relationship with the male lover (Randy Glynn) is 
sometimes as violent as his own parents ' relationship — which is the point of the work, 
apparently, since the four characters change partners for a while to waltz around the stage — 
and he ultimately rejects that lover for a trick. 

Long and unfocussed, the work has the potential to make a strong statement about how 
one family 's interactions can affect a person 's sexual orientation . Jon Kaplan D 



□The Selby Hotel. 592 Sherbourne St. 
921-3142. Victorian-style hotel with bar and din- 
ing room. 72 rooms with private bath. No house- 
keeping. One person: $23.50; two people' 
$29 50. 



'Nl 



□Toronto Gay Community Council. 730 Bathurst 
St, IVI5S 2R4. Umbrella organization of Toronto les- 
bian and gay groups. Forum for sharing informa- 
tion and discussing political strategies. 

Social/political action 

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

□Black and White Men Together. Drawer C446, 
c/o The Body Politic, Box 7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9. 
An interracial support group for men. 
□Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario (CGRO). Box 
822, Stn A. IVI5W 1G3. 533-6824. Toronto office: 
730 Bathurst St, M5S 2R4. 
□Committee to Defend John Damien. Box 608, 
Stn K,tVI4P2H1. 925-6729. 
□Doing It! Lesbians and Gay Liberation in the 
'80s: Conference Organizing Committee. 730 
Bathurst St. I^5S 2R4. Info: Philip at 461-9188. 
Committee planning Canada-wide conference 
scheduled for Toronto June 26-July 5, 1982. 
□Fat Lesbians. 730 Bathurst St. IVI5S 2R4. Info: 
Christine Donald at 533-6824. Consciousness- 
raising group. 

□Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian 
Transsexuals (FACT) — Toronto. Box 281 , Stn A, 
Rexdale, ON M9W5L3. 741-7223. 
□Gay Academic Union (GAU). 275 Broadview Ave, 
No 47, M4I^ 3H5. 469-4244. 
□Gay Alliance at York. c/oCYSF, 105 Central Sq, 
York University, 4700 KeeleSt, Downsview, ON 
M3J 1P3. 667-2515. Sept-April. 
□Gay Asians of Toronto. Drawer R999, c/o The 
Body Politic, Box 7289, Stn A, IVI5W 1X9. 
□Gay Community Appeal of Toronto. Box 2212, 
Stn P, M5S 2T2. 869-3036. Fund-raising organi- 
zation for gay and lesbian community projects. 
□Gay Community Dance Committee (GCDC), 730 
Bathurst St, M5S 2R4. Organizes community fund- 
raising dances. 

□Gay Fathers Support Group. Box 187, Stn F, 
M4Y 2L5. 532-2333 or 967-0430. 
□Gay Liberation Against the Right Everywhere 
(GLARE). Box 793, Stn Q,M4T2N7. 
□Gay SIG. Drawer C622, c/o The Body Politic, Box 
7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9. Group of gay members of 
MENSA in Canada. 

□Gay Self-Defence Group, Box 793, Stn 0, 
M4T 2N7. 960-5579. Organizes courses in self- 
defence in and outside of Toronto. 
□Gays and Lesbians at University of Toronto 
(GLAUT). c/o SAC Office, 1 2 Hart House Circle, 
University of Toronto, MbS 1A1, 978-4911. Sept- 
April. 

□GEM Gay Community Outreach. Box 62, Bramp- 
ton, ON L6V 2K7. Peel Region (Brampton- 
Mississauga) group for gays and lesbians. Gayline 
West: 453-GGCO. 

□ Lesbian and Gay History Group of Toronto. 
Box 639, Stn A, M5W 1G2. 961-7338. 
□Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee. Box 793, 
Stn Q, M4T 2N7. Organizes June 27 celebration. 
□Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. 730 Bathurst St, 
M5S 2R4. 533-2867. Phone counselling; Mon, 
Fri, Sat7 pm-10:30 pm. 

□Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund. Box 38, Stn E, 
tVI6H4E1. 465-6822. 

□ Lesbian Speakers Bureau. Box 6597, Stn A, 
(VI5W 1X4. Info: IVIichelle at 789-4541 or Debbie at 
964-7477. Speakers for myth-shattering seminars 
and workshops about lesbians. 

□Lesbians Against the Right (LAR). Box 6579, Stn 

A, IVI5W 1X4. Lesbian-feminist political action 

group. 

□New Democratic Party Gay Caucus. Box 792, 

Stn F, M4Y 2N7. 964-1049. 

□NOVA. Box5794,StnA,M5W1P2, 921-1938. A 

collective concerned with theory and practice of 

non-violent direct action. 

□Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. 100 

IVIaitland St, No 506, IVI4Y 1E2. Info: June Tattle at 

961-3415. 

□ Potluck Suppers. Box 6771, Stn A, M5W 1X5. 
Lesbian social group. 977-7670. 

□Right to Privacy Committee (RTPC). 730 Bathurst 
St, M5S 2R4. Defence committee for gays arrested 
under bawdyhouse laws. Cheques or charges 
payable to: Harriet Sachs in trust for RTPC. Info: 
368-4392. 

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Wed/April 28 



CToronJo Gay Community Council. Com- 
munity forum for sharing information and 
debating important issues. 519 Church St, 
7:30 pm. Info: 923-GAYS. 



Thurs/April 29 



n Marilyn Monroe is Alive and Well and 
Living in Joe's Brain. See Stage. 
DGays in Health Care. Presentation on 
suicide. 519 Church St, 8:30 pm. 



Fri/April 30 



D Partners. Toronto opening. See Cinema. 
DTAG Friday Night Group. Evening of dis- 
cussion for lesbians and gay men. 519 
Church St, 8 pm. Coming out group, open 
discussion group, women's only group and 
special topic group meet simultaneously. 
Info: 964-6600. Discussion topic: the Gay 
Community Council. Speakers Philip 
Fotheringham and Chris Bearchell. 
D Lesbian Phoneline Collective. Monthly 
meeting. 348 College St, 3rd floor, 7 pm. 
Business and general meeting. Interested 
women and prospective members welcome. 
DThe Human League. See Music. 



Sat/May 1 



n Alive! See Music. 

D Fighting the Right Festival. Harbord Col- 
legiate, 286 Harbord St, 12 noon-5:30 pm. 
Cultural events: Arlene Mantle, David 
Welch, Gayap Rh^hm Drummers, Marcia 
Cannon, Latin American Cultural Work- 
shop, Red Berets, dances by Gay Asians of 
Toronto. Workshops: "Fighting the Right 
South of the Border," "Old Bigots, New 
Politics: You Can't Fight the Right Without 
Feminism and Gay Liberation," "Police 
Harassment and People's Rights," "Les- 
bians Fighting the Right." And much more. 
Daycare: pre-register with Robert (661-9375) 
or Ken (922-8780 or 964-6560). 




DGay Self-Defence Group. Reunion of all 
former students at 519 Church St, 9 pm. 
Cash bar. 



Sun/ May 2 



nOut and Out Hike. A ramble through 
Kortright Conservation Area, sponsored by 
the Out and Out club ($2 fee for non-mem- 
bers). Call Rick (445-5787) for details and to 
arrange transportation, before Fri, 
March 30. 

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

' ~York Rainbow Society of the Deaf. 730 
Bathurst St, 1 pm. 



MONDAYS 



LlThe Women's Group. Collectively 
run support and consciousness-raising 
group for lesbians. 519 Church St, 
8-10 pm. Contact Raechel (690-9410) or 
Diane (483-4490, 10 am-3 pm). 
uLesbian/Lesbienne: the National 
Lesbian Newsletter. Meetings at 
7:30 pm. Contact Kerry for more info: 
367-0589. All lesbians welcome. 
riFat Lesbians. Consciousness-raising 
group in a private home. Contact 
Christine Donald at 533-6824 (days). 




CT and April: reuniting for May ^ > ^u.i^ert 




Partners: Ryan O'Neal, John Hurt on duty 

M on/May 3 

DJudy Garland Memorial Bowling League 
Playoffs. Somewhere over the rainbow — or, 
at least, on the subway line — the battle to 
the death for the coveted Ruby Slippers 
Trophy. This may be right down your alley. 
Ask any bartender in the usual watering 
holes for location. Spectators welcome. 
DRyerson Lesbians and Gay Men. Meeting 
at Scott's at 7 pm to organize a student 
conference and to plan a dance for May. 
Info: Danny at 463-5625. 



Tues/May4 



n Together THal Continues. 7 people 
charged with assaulting a police officer: The 
trial resumes after March 4 police testimony 
on an incident outside lesbian bar Together 
in January. Old City Hall, Ctrm 31, II am 
before Judge RD Osborne. 
DGay Anglicans (integrity). Informal con- 
temporary Eucharist; coffee house follow- 
ing. Chancel and vestry meeting place. Holy 
Trinity Church, Eaton Centre, 8 pm. All 
welcome. 

DGay Equality Mississauga. General 
meeting, 8 pm; John Damien invited as 
speaker. Unitarian Hall, 84 South Service 
Rd, Port Credit. Info: Gayline West 
453-GGCO. 



Wed/May 5 



DGay Self-Defence Group. 8- week course 
begins. Cost: $45 ($25 for former students). 
Info on location: 960-5579. 



Thurs/May 6 



DGay Fathers of Toronto. Discussion at 
8 pm. Further info: 532-2333 or 967-0430. 
DSpearhead. Bar night at 18 East. 

Fri/ May 7 

D Carole Pope and Rough TVade. See Music, 
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I Phone 960-6318. 24-hour hotline. Confidential- t 
$ ity guaranteed. Citizens' Independent Review I 
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TUESDAYS 



D Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto. 

7:30 pm, 519 Church St. 

D Lesbians Against the Right. 730 

Bathurst St, 7:30 pm. May 4 and 18. 
Info: Gay Bell at 466-3801. 



Sat/May 8 



DMen Making Contact. One of a series of 
,, consciousness-raising events for 
', gay, straight and bisexual men 

interested in working toward a 
non-sexist society. Workshops 9:30 
am to 5 pm. 761 Queen St, west of 
Bathurst. Info: Spencer Brennan 691-4175. 
DPoint Pelee Gay Migration. Birds who 
missed the gay migration to Long Point on 
April 4 will have another chance this week- 
end, when members of Toronto's Out and 
Out Club make their annual appearance on 
this otherwise unremarkable peninsula for a 
camp-over. For reservations and details call 
Tony (967-3399) by May 1. 
DGay Equality Mississauga. Bowling night 
at Dixie Bowlarama. Info: Gayline West 
453-GGCO. 

DU of T Women's Newsmagazine Benefit 
Dance. University College Refectory, 
15 King's College Circle, 8:30 pm. Licensed; 
tickets $3, available in advance at SAC, 
12 Hart House Circle, or at the door. All 
women welcome. 

DJudy Garland Memorial Bowling League. 
Annual banquet with reputation for being a 
"crazy, wonderful party," Costumes to bowl 
you over. Ever see six husky Evita's? Rain- 
bow High was the team that managed to 
clone the Argentinian lady at last year's 
extravaganza. Costumes by Stephen Searle, 
awards for days! Info at the bars. 
DCabbagetown Softball Pennant Dance. 
CGSL fundraiser at the Albany Tavern, with 
contest to decide the best team pennant in 
the league. 9 pm. 

DConference Benefit Dance. Homo Hop 
sponsored by Gays and Lesbians at U of T 
on behalf of "Doing It!" (see Sundays). The 
Buttery, Gerald Larkin Building, Devonshire 
Place, U of T, 9 pm. 



Sun/May 9 



DMetropolitan Community Church. 

Parents' Sunday. 7:30 pm, 730 Bathurst St. 
DDepeche Mode. See Music. 

Mon/May 10 

D Anti-Cruise Missile Demo THal. 34 people, 
including lesbian Kari Reynolds, were 
charged with trespassing during non-violent 

Deathtrap: Christopher Reeve unveils a clue 




WEDNESDAYS 



DMetropolitan Community Church. 

Midweek services. 730 Bathurst St. 
D Lutherans Concerned/Toronto. 8 pm 
in a member's home. Call James or 
David at 463-7354 for info on location. 
May 5 and 19. 

D No-Name Cafi. For people who 
want an alternative to the bar scene. A 
place to relax with coffee, tea and con- 
versation on the menu. 519 Church St, 
8-10 pm. 

D International Women's Day Commit- 
tee. Meetings at 7:30 pm. Info: 
789-4541. 



Fri/May21 




The Human League: ' 'Probably the best electro-pop today, ' ' at Massey Hall. Friday, April 30 



demonstration at Litton Systems plant in 
Rexdale April 8 (Litton manufactures guid- 
ance system for Cruise nuclear missiles). 
Trial begins at Etobicoke Courthouse, Rm 
210, 80 The East Mall. Toronto contingent of 
Cruise Missile Conversion Project leave city 
April 24 to participate in World Peace 
March, walking to New York to arrive at 
United Nations in time for Session on Dis- 
armament June 7. Info: 532-6720. 
D Right to Privacy Committee. Annual 
meeting and election of officers. Members 
should come and vote. 519 Church St, 8 pm. 



Tues/May 11 



D Integrity (Gay Anglicans). Sung Eucharist 
(traditional prayer book rite). Guest 
preacher, discussion programme TBA. Chan- 
cel and vestry meeting place. Holy Trinity 
Church, Eaton Centre, 8 pm. 



Thurs/May 13 



DWard 6 NDP. Nomination meeting to 
choose aldermanic candidates for Nov muni- 
cipal elections. Toronto City Hall, council 
chamber, 7:30 pm. Candidates: Jack Layton, 
teacher of urban politics at Ryerson; Arnold 
Bruner, law student and author of report on 
police/gay community relations; Morris 
Soldov, housing activist. 
D Toronto Organization of United Church 
Homosexuals. 7:30 pm. Info on location: 
466-1713. 



Fri/May 14 



D Foundation for the Advancement of 
Canadian Transsexuals. 519 Church St, 
7:30 pm. 



Sat/May 15 



DOut and Out Hike. Devil's Glen area. 

Phone Ian (921-6947) well ahead of time for 

details. 

D Astrology of Gay Male Relationships. 

3-hour seminar at OISE, 252 Bloor St W, 
2 pm. Sponsored by Toronto Guild of 
Astrologers. With Gregory Heitz-Mann, pro- 
fessional astrologer from Vancouver Island. 
Discussion of freedom-closeness dilemma of 
gay m^''- '■elationships, with case histories. 
Participants are invited to bring sample 
charts for discussion. $6 entrance fee. 
DTAG Bazaar. Proceeds to Toronto Area 
Gays, a phone-line counselling service. 519 
Church St Community Centre. II am-4 pm. 



Sun/May 16 



DGay Naturalists. Out and Out stalks the 
elusive gay varieties of Ontario's provincial 
symbol at Trillium Woods Provincial Nature 
Reserve. Call Martin (533-0970) by Saturday 
morning to arrange transportation. 



M on/ May 17 



LlGay Equality Mississauga. Married men's 
group, 7:30 pm. Unitarian Hall, 84 South 
Service Rd. Port Credit. 



Phone counselling lines 

DLesblan Phonellne: 960-3249. Tues 

7:30-1030 pm. 

[1 Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto: 533-2867. 

Mon, Fri. Sat. 7-10 30 pm 

nSpouses ol Gays: 967-0597. Wed and 

Thurs6 30-8 30 pm 

DToronto Area Gays (TAG): 964-6600. Mon- 

Sat 7-10:30 pm. Counselling and inlo. 



D Lambda Business Council. General 
meeting, 8 pm. Wine-tasting at Raclette 
Restaurant, 361 Queen St W. $15 /person. 
Limited space: reserve in advance with Isobel 
Smyth (960-1291) or John Higgins 
(968-9054). 

Tues/May 18 

n Integrity (Gay Anglicans). Informal con- 
temporary Eucharist; coffee hour, literature 
table. Downstairs community room. No. II, 
the Parish House, Holy Trinity Church, 
Eaton Centre, 8 pm. 
D Parents and Friends of Lesbians and 
Gays. Regular meeting. 519 Church St, 
8 pm. Info: 961-3415. 
D Baroque Women Composers. See Music. 



Wed/May 19 

DThe Desert Song. At the Shaw Festival. 

See Stage. 

DArlene Meadows and David Walden. See 

Stage. 

Thurs/May 20 

D Lanyard Bar Night at 18 East. 

Great screen kisses: Boys in the Band (top) 
and Sunday Bloody Sunday At the Revue 



D Backpacking T^ip. The Out and Out Club 
returns to its favourite provincial park, 
Killarney, where SG met PM but a year ago. 
An annual event! Reservations and full 
deposit ($35-$40) due by May 14 to Stuart 
(921-6033). Limited to 16. 
DGay Fathers of Toronto. Potluck supper 
and discussion, 6:30 pm. Further info: 
532-2333 or 967-0430. 
DCamille. At the Shaw Festival. See Stage. 
DCTand April Concert. See Music. 
D Martha Reeves. See Music. 



Sat/May 22 



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THURSDAYS 



Canadian (iay Archives. Open for 
research and tours, 7-10 pm. 24 Duncan 
St, fifth noor. Info: 977-6320. 
nCSGL Baseball Bar Nights. Fund- 
raisers at the Albany Tavern. 
n Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee. 
Planning for June 27 celebration. 519 
Church St, 8 pm. Apr 29, May 13 & 27. 
IITAG Coming Out Group. Weekly 
meeting in a private home. Supportive 
atmosphere for people coming to terms 
with their sexuality. 8 pm. Info: 
964-6600. 

I 1 Women Against Violence Against 
Women (WAV AW). 519 Church St, 
7:30 pm. May 6 and 20. 



DCoalition for Gay Rights in Ontario. An- 
nual meeting, II am-7 pm, 730 Bathurst St. 
CGRO hopes to see representatives from all 
31 member groups across the province. 
Workshops on how to make money and 
choosing priorities. Potluck supper 5-7 pm. 
DGay Self-Defence Group. Self-defence 
coiirse begins, I pm. Info on location: 
960-5579. 

DComic Co-op Benefit. An evening of en- 
tertainment, featuring guest artists, magi- 




Can you spot ttie gay trillium? May 16 outing 



cians, clowns, mime artists and other com- 
edy acts. Music by the pop quartet TBA. To 
raise money for the production of an 
original play called The Rise and Fait of 
Tony Trouble by a new group called Comic 
Co-op and featuring rising-star comic Bruce 
Bell. "Alternative New Wave comedy." Ad- 
mission $7.50 (includes buffet and bar). 
Tickets available from Tallulah Bankroll at 
920-1483. 519 Church St Community Centre. 
D Spring Prom. Drag that gown you never 
had a chance to wear out of storage, and un- 
freeze that corsage! Last March's "Star 
Gays" was the Gay Community Dance Com- 
mittee's biggest hit yet, with almost 2,000 at- 
tending. Eight hours of uninterrupted music, 
and dressing to the theme is highly encour- 
aged. Two dance floors, a laser show, and 
lots of fun. Tickets at usual outlets; proceeds 
go to 18 lesbian and gay groups. The Concert 
Hall (Yonge and Davenport), 9 pm to 5 am. 

Sun/May 23 

DCoalition for Gay Rights in Ontario. An- 
nual meeting continues, 11 am-4 pm. See 
May 22. 

Mon/May24 

DThe Jam. See Music. 



WEEKENDS 



Saturdays 

DGay Asians of Toronto. 519 Church 
St, 2 pm. March 27, May 8 and 22. 
nCabbagetown Group Softball 
League. Games weekly except for long 
weekends, II am-6 pm, Riverdale Park. 

Sundays 

1 1 Dignity/Toronto. Worship followed 
by discussion meeting. Our Lady of 
Lourdes Church, Sherbourne St, 4 pm. 
Info: 960-3997. 

nCabbagetown Group Softball 
League. Games weekly except for long 
weekends, II am-6 pm, Riverdale Park. 
riMelropolitan Community Church. 
Regular Sunday services. Singspiration 
at 7:10, worship at 7:30 and fellowship 
following. 730 Bathurst St. 
I I Conference Organizing Committee. 
Commiiice lo plan "Doing It! Lesbian 
and Gay I ibcration in the Eighties," to 
be held June 26-July 4. More info: 
Christine at 533-6824 daytime. May 2, 
16 and .^0. 



Tues/May 25 



D Funeral Games and The Good and Faith- 
ful Servant. See Stage. 

D Integrity (Gay Anglicans). Sung evensong. 
Programme TBA. Downstairs community 
room at No. 11, The Parish House, Church 
of the Holy Trinity, Eaton Centre, 8 pm. 



Wed/ May 26 



DToronto Gay Community Council. Com- 
munity forum for sharing information and 
debating important issues. 519 Church St, 
7:30 pm. Info: 923-GAYS. 



Thurs/May 27 



DGay Equality Mississauga. Newcomer's 
coffee night. Unitarian Hall, 84 South Ser- 
vice Rd, Port Credit, 8 pm. 
DMama Quilla II. See Music. 



Fri/May 28 



DTAG Friday Night Group. 519 Church St, 

8 pm. Info: 964-6600. See April 30. Discus- 
sion topic: parents of gays — coming out 
from their point of view. 

DGay Equality Mississauga. Licensed 
dance, 8:30 pm-1 am. Unitarian Hall, 84 
South Service Rd, Port Credit. Buffet. 
DGays in Health Care. Social meeting, 

9 pm. Info on location: 920-1882. 

Sat/May 29 

DWalkathon for El Salvadorean refugees. 

20 km walk begins 10 am at St James Cathe- 
dral Park. Organized by COSPES Christian 
Action Committee. All welcome to parti- 
cipate. Info: 485-5972 or 656-0455. 



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Mon/May31 



DTBP fVial. Pink Triangle Press and its 3 
officers go on trial, for the second time, on 
the charge of sending immoral indecent and 
scurrilous material through the mails. 
Defence lawyer Clayton Ruby; crown attor- 
ney and judge unknown. Spectators are 
encouraged to show up and lend support. 
College Park, Ctrm 503, 10 am. Continues 
June I and 2. 

Summer softball: At bat in Riverdale Park 




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DRyerson Lesbians and Gay Men. c/o SURPI, 
Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Jorgensen Hall, 
380 Victoria St, MSB 1W7. Office: Rm A374, 
Jorgensen Hall. Hrs: Mon 1-6 pm. Ryerson 
Gayline: 593-4030 Uon 1-6 pm, Thurs6-9 pm. 
DSpouses of Gays, c/o Caryn Miller, 260 Carlton 
St, MSA 2L3. Pfioneline: 967-0S97 Wed and Tfiurs 
6:30-8:30 pm. 

DToronto Gay Community Clioir. 158 Brunswick 
Ave, M5S 2M2. Pfi: Kathy Anthony-May, 
534-8710. Practice: Wed 8 pm at 519 Cfiurcfi St 
Community Centre. 

DToronto Gay Patrol. 730 Batfiurst St, M5S 2R4. 
Self-governing group of lesbians and gay men 
patrolling downtown core of city. New members 
needed for final series of training classes (first aid, 
legal aid, self-defence awareness) beginning mid- 
May. Info: Owen 698-3869 or Rob 488-2578. 
DThe Women's Group. 519 Church St Community 
Centre. Info: Raechel 690-9410 or Diane 483-4490 
(10 am-3 pm). Collectively run support and 
consciousness-raising group for lesbians. 
DYork Rainbow Society of the Deaf. Box 671 , 
Stn F, M4Y 2N6. 

New this issue: 

DYoung Lesbians. Support group in process of for- 
ming. Info: Lesbian and Gay Youth Toronto 
Phoneline 533-2867. 

Health/social services 

DA Way Gut. 530-GAYS. 24-hour recorded 
messages for young lesbians and gays. Four to five 
minutes of supportive info on dealing with parent, 
friends, fears and coming out problems. Drawer 
C614, c/oTBP, Box 7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9. 
DAIcoholics Anonymous. Lesbian/gay fellowships. 
964-3962. 

DGaycare Toronto. Info: 923-2778. Free face-to- 
face drop-in counselling service in the downtown 
area. Thurs 7-10 pm. 519 Church St Community 
Centre. Group sessions planned. 
DGay Counselling Centre of Toronto. 730 Bathurst 
St, M5S 2R4. 534-8207. Open Tues and Thurs 
6:30-9:30 pm. Soon on Wed. Professional 
counselling clinic for lesbians and gay men. Call for 
appt or drop in. Volunteers needed. 
DHassle-Free Clinic — Men. 556 Church St, 
second floor. 922-0603. VD info, testing and treat- 
ment. Hours: Mon, Wed, 4-9 pm; Tues, Thurs, 
10 am-3 pm; Fri, 4-7 pm; Sat, 11 am-4 pm. Call 
ahead. VD testing at baths: Roman's, Fri from 9 
pm; The Backdoor, every second Tues from 9 pm; 
The Club, every second V\fed from 9 pm. 
DLesbian Phoneline. Box 70, Stn F, M4Y 2L4. 
960-3249. Tues 7:30-10:30 pm. Recorded 
message other times. Speakers available. 
DSex Ed Centre. Devonshire and Bloor Sts, behind 
Admissions BIdg. 978-3977. Sex counselling for U 
of T campus. 

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

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



Sports 



Professional 



D Association of Gay Social Workers. Box 182, 
0, M4A 2N3. Social work students welcome. 
DGays in Health Care. Box 5712, Stn A, 
M5W 1N8. 920-1882. Includes nurses, physi- 
cians, medical students and psychologists. 
DToronto Lambda Business Council. Box 513, 
Adelaide St Stn, M5C 2J6. 



Stn 



Religious 



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

DIntegrity/Toronto. Box 873, Stn F, M4Y 2N9. 
961 -1 707 or 487-7406. Pastoral ministry for gay 
and lesbian Anglicans and friends. 
DLutherans Concerned, c/o Edward Schlauch, 
980 Broadview Ave, Apt 2309, M4K 3Y1 . Support 
and fellowship for gay and lesbian Lutherans and 
their friends. 

DMetropolitan Community Church. 730 Bathurst 
St, M5S 2R4. 532-2333. Christian church with 
special ministry to gay community 
DSalvatlon Army Gay Association (SAGA). 730 
Bathurst St, M5S 2R4. 743-8948. Support group 
for gay and lesbian Salvationists and friends. 
DThe Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Drawer OPl, 
c/oTBP Box 7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9. 
DToronto Organization of United Church Homo- 
sexuals (TOUCH). Box 626, Stn Q, M4T 1 LO. 



DCabbagetown Group Softball League (CGSL). Box 

42, Stn L, M6E4Y4. Games Sat and Sun 11 
am-6:30 pm at Riverdale Park, north diamond. 
Watch for league dances and bar nights at Albany 
Tavern. 

DJudy Garland Memorial Bowling League. Info: 
bulletin boards in Buddy's, 18 East, Dudes, The 
Barn or Boots. Sept-May season. Tenth annual ban- 
quet May 8. 

DOut and Out Club, c/o Drawer C322, The Body 
Politic, Box 7289, Stn A, M5W 1X9. 466-2709. 
Outdoor activities for gay people. Include phone 
number with enquiry. 

DRiverdale Volleyball League. Sept-April season. 
Info at Dudes, Buddy's, Albany Tavern and 18 East. 

Publications/information 

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

DCanadian Gay Archives. Box 639, Stn A, 
M5W 1G2. 977-6320. 

DGay Community Calendar. Call 923-GAYS. Box 8, 
Adelaide St Stn, M5C 2H8. Twenty-four-hour 
recorded message of weekly events in Toronto's 
gay community. To get information listed call 
656-0372 between 7-10 pm Mondays. 
DGayline West. 453-GGCO. Community info for 
Mississauga and parts west of Metro. 
DGIad Day Bookshop. 648A Yonge St, 2nd floor, 
M5Y 2A6. 961-4161. Hours: Mon 10-8; Tue-Wed 
10-6; Thurs-Fri 10-9; Sat 10-6. 
DIntegrity/Toronto Newsletter. Box 873, Stn F, 
M4Y 2N9. 487-7406. Bimonthly publication of gay 
Anglican movement. 

Worven's resources 

The following is a select list of women's services in 
Toronto of particular interest to lesbians. 
DBroadside. Box 494, Stn P, M5S 2T1. 
598-3513. Monthly feminist newspaper. Substan- 
tial contributions by lesbians. 
DFIreweed. Box 279, Stn B, M5T 2W2. 922-3455. 
Feminist quarterly of politics and the arts. Special 
lesbian theme issue to be published in June. 
DHassle-Free Clinic — Women. 556 Church St, 
second floor, M4Y 2E3. 922-0566. Free medical 
clinic. Birth control and gynecological info. VD and 
pregnancy testing, abortion counselling and refer- 
rals. Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10 am-3 pm; Tues, 
Thur, 4 pm-9 pm. Call ahead. 
D International Women's Day Committee. Box 70, 
Stn F, M4Y 2L4. 789-4541 . Independent socialist 
feminist organization with many lesbian members. 
DJessie's Centre for Teenage Women. 154 
Bathurst St, M5V 2R3. 365-1888. Multi-service 
agency for teenage women. Lesbian-positive. 
DMacphail House. 389 Church St, M5B 2A1 . 
977-1037. Long-term YWCA residence for women 
16-25. Shared co-op apartments. 
DNellie's Hostel for Women. 275A Broadview Ave, 
M4M 2G8. 461-1084. Temporary hostel for women 
16 and over, including mothers with children. 
DRape Crisis Centre. Box 6597, Stn A, M5W 1X4. 
Crisis line: 964-8080. Business line: 964-7477. 
Counselling and info. Self-defence courses. 
DStop86. 86 Madison Ave, M5R 2S4. 922-3271. 
Crisis housing and social service centre for women 
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DTImes Change Women's Employment Centre. 
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DToronto Women's Bookstore. 85 Harbord St, 
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6 pm. 

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(WAVAW). Box 174, Stn D, M6P 3J8. 536-5666. 
Committed to action from a feminist perspective 
against various aspects of violence against women. 
DWomen for Survival. 427 Bloor St W, M5S 1 X7. 
Group concerned about nuclear proliferation and 
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Bathurst St, M5R 3G5. 534-1161. 
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Centre (WCREC). 348 College St, M5T 1S4. 
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W, M5S 1V6. 923-6641, Ext 244. Books, periodi- 
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I ontreal, 1916: How is a 
smart, sensitive seventeen-year-old 
beginning to discover her lesbianism, 
to find kindred spirits? With lots oj 
imagination and not a little courage, 
one woman found a way. 









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"/ believe that part of the lesbian temper- 
ament is that we are — those of us who 
are conscious of it, at any rate — more 
creative in our souls than in our bodies. I 
never wanted to have children, never 
wanted to be a mother. But from the 
earliest time that I can remember, 1 
wanted to write poetry. That was my 
creative expression. That was what meant 
most to me in life. " 

Elsa Gidlow, now 83 years old, spoke 
these words in 1978 while being filmed for 
the Mariposa Film Group's documentary. 
Word is Out. They are clearly words she 
has lived by; throughout her long life she 
has given ample rein to her creativity. 
Without benefit of formal education, she 
has produced hundreds of poems, numer- 
ous short stories and several poetry- 
dramas and novels. Some of these works 
have remained unpublished; others she, 
in the same independent spirit that in- 
forms her writing, has published herself. 
Naiad Press is to distribute her latest 
work, Sapphic Songs: Eighteen to Eighty, 
an enlarged edition of her collection of 
lesbian love poetry written over a period 
of sixty years, originally published in 
1976. 

She lives on a stretch of land in the hills 
of California's Marin County, just north 
of the Golden Gate. Acquired more than 

MAY 1982 



The dreariness of 
typing shipping 
advices eight 
hours a day, six 
and a half days a 
week had become barely en- 
durable. In my despondency I 
was so withdrawn even from 
the respite of pranks and lim- 
erick-making that my work 
associates teased me about be- 
ing in love. "Who is he?" they 
kept asking. And I, scornfully: 
"There is no he." The as- 
sumption, for them, was the 
obvious one. Into the mono- 
tony of the days they injected what relief they were able with 
flirting. Between the half-dozen women and the greater 
number of men, including those who came through with 
errands or requests from the yards or machine shops, there 
was a perpetual atmosphere of sensual potential. The two 
women with desks next to mine whose husbands were 
overseas exuded amorous need. 

Blonde, blousy MoUie Simms and Nellie Pritchard, who had 
a plain. Cockney earthiness, in undertones while they typed 
bewailed having to go to bed alone. "Dribble, dribble, drib- 
ble, what do you do when there is nothing to put in there — 
stick something in yourself?" And Mrs Simms, lugubriously: 
"What fun is that, no one behind it. My feet get cold, too, 
without him." 
The machine shop workers who came by with their lists of 



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needed parts sensed the sexual 
aura like tomcats, but in the 
wives, ingrained virtue of sorts 
and patriotic loyalty to their 
"fighting men" kept it all on a 
level of tension that was ex- 
pressed mainly in ribald verbal 
exchanges that introduced me 
to new sorts of language. 
French-Canadian Davilla 
Benoit, whom I liked best, had 
a different approach to life's 
basics. Slight, dark, sinewy, 
widowed or divorced, she 
talked with unself-conscious 
gaiety of her lover. Jack. 
Lightheartedly, she told of their nights together, whether their 
lovemaking had been good or not-so-good, told of their spats 
and making up, always with a humorous tenderness, however 
frank, and with no coarseness. We heard how he brought her 
gifts or took her out to a special dinner and theatre to win her 
back when he had behaved in a way to annoy her. "I just let 
that happen sometimes, it keeps it interesting. He always 
apologizes, he wants me so much. A man will do anything if 
he has a hard-on." She would laugh gaily, never breaking the 
rhythm of her expert typing: "He knows 1 can't do without 
him either." It sounded to me so very different from mar- 
riage. In that working-class environment no one appeared 
disturbed by the liaison. 

The specific and physical confidences of these middle-aged 
women were for me another sort of education, but, like so 



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forty years ago, complete with a "decrep- 
it summer cottage" which, after learning 
amateur carpentry, she fixed up herself, 
this has become Druid Heights, her 
home. Here she has raised goats, still 
grows her own vegetables and, with a 
group of younger women, makes plans 
for a retreat therefor "beleaguered, lov- 
ing and creative women. " 

Here as well, she writes. The last few 
years have been spent on her memoirs. 
"I'd rather be working on a novel I have 
also started, "she says, "but everyone 
seems to want the autobiography. " 

Understandably. Only in the last dozen 
years has it become relatively easy for us 
as gay people to reach out to each other, 
beyond our own small circles of acquain- 
tances, to find out who we are and how 
we live. We know more (though, really, 
not much) of each other than any other 
generation of lesbians and gay men in 
history. But how many of us yet know 
that history? How many know what life 
might have been like for a sensitive six- 
teen-year-old discovering her lesbianism 
and reaching out for others like herself in 
the east end of Montreal during the First 
World War? 

"To my younger sisters who continu- 
ally ask, What was it like when you were 
young so long ago, I can only reply: It 
was like jumping naked into an ocean 
knowing only imperfectly how to swim. " 

Born in England in 1898, Elsa Gidlow 
came to Canada with her parents at the 
age of six. They first settled in a small 
village, moving to Montreal when she was 
fifteen. She took her first job a year later 
in the offices of the Canadian Pacific 
Railroad 's A ngus Machine Shops. ' 'I had 
to find ways to relate to my fellow 
workers at Angus, and one way was to 
write verses on their worst grumbles or on 
office happenings, lampooning the rules 
and requirements governing our employ- 
ment. "She gained a reputation for prac- 
tical jokes; once, finding a mouse trapped 
in a carton, she impertinently stuck it in a 
drawer of the chief clerk 's desk and 
waited for him to open it. Later she was 
to recall the mouse's frantic efforts to 
escape — and to devise a few of her own. 

In Montreal she also fell in love with 
her "best friend, " Frances. Elsa wrote 
poems "about her eyes like bits of smiling 
sky on a sunny day, her red-gold hair and 
graceful body" — but lost Frances to the 
jingoism of an Empire at war (which Elsa 
detested) and to the "romance" of a 
young man in uniform. 

In 1920, she left Montreal for Manhat- 
tan, "to seek fame' and friends, but with 
no hope of fortune. '"It was an early 
step along the road that would lead her 
through the rich and independent life she 
still lives. 

An early step — but not the first. That 
had come in 1917. That story Elsa Gidlow 
tells here. 

— Rick B4bout 



Right: Roswell George Mills, 
photographed in New York in 1926. 



much already, I could not relate it to myself. Over Celine 
Droualt, also French-Canadian, the talk flowed as over snow 
without warming it. The pale, soft-voiced girl, maybe a year 
older than myself, reiterating her felt vocation of becoming a 
nun, definitely was not interested in the beau they also teased 
her with until they ceased in the face of her unaltered tran- 
quillity. Towards me, it was a different matter. I plainly was 
not convent material. ("Not with your bedroom eyes," 
Davilla tried laughingly to draw out confession, "I bet he 
loves your devilment.... Oh, come on, you can't hide it.") 

My truthful, "I am not interested in men," made them 
laugh and tease the more. They did not believe me but could 
not make me out. They could see that I more or less ignored 
the men in the office beyond the necessary interchanges. I 
would not have rejected male companionship, but soon I 
decided there was not a man there with whom I could hold a 
conversation about anything except what was described in the 
shipping advices, certainly none who thought poetry or poets 
were important. 

There was one other woman in the office, Rebecca Stuart, 
who aroused my curiosity. She was muscular, handsome, with 
a strong voice and hearty laugh. Above us in office status, she 
sat on a high stool at a sloping desk and did bookkeeping. She 
joked more with the men than with the women, but like one 
of them, not flirtatiously. Each day at the lunch hour she 
would be on the telephone for a long time, speaking low, 
tender-sounding, in a voice quite different from her jovial 
office tone and manner. When she hung up, there was a soft 
look in her eyes. One evening a remarkably lovely young 
woman with red-gold hair and a gorgeous figure (as the men's 
eyes attested) came to call for Rebecca. They walked out with 
closely linked arms pressed against one another's sides. 

The following morning I could not forebear saying to 
Rebecca: "What glorious hair your friend has" (thinking, 
with pain, "like Frances"). 

Rebecca glowed as if I had complimented her: "Ah she's a 
winner." 

The visitor, like a ray of glory in the drab office, had 
aroused envious attention from the men. It surprised me to 
overhear disparaging remarks about Rebecca, with whom all 
of them previously had seemed to be on such comradely 
terms. There were peculiar snickers, whispers. From one, a 
Scot: "Sure, and ye know, don't ye, she's a mofredite." 

That was how I heard it. With all my attention to dictionar- 
ies, my widening reading and study of the encyclopedia, never 
had I come across such a word. I hunted now and could find 
nothing resembling it, although I tried various spellings. It was 
not until a year later, looking through a volume of photo- 
graphs of ancient Greek statuary, that the word "hermaphro- 
dite" leapt to my eyes. I realized it was of that that I must 
have heard an ignorant pronunciation. Putting it together 
with the personality of Rebecca and the leer with which the 
man had mouthed the word, I guessed it must have been used 
as a slur on the woman's supposed masculinity. Something to 
puzzle over the more — until nearly a year later I took a step 




that catapulted me into a more sophisticated human 
environment. 

Before then there were months of dejected aching, in body 
and heart and with fury of mind at what appeared to me as 
sordid grown-up life. I felt myself at some extremity, like the 
mouse dropped by what malevolence or chance into the car- 
ton, in darkness and frustration, struggling to climb the sides. 
At that point, two resolutions were born, written and under- 
lined in the journal I kept spasmodically: / am going to get a 
room of my own. I am going to find my kind of people. 

The resolve was made, like casting a net blind into 
unknown waters. How bait Fate's hook? 
The seventy-five dollars a month had looked 
large. When I calculated paying the rent and sup- 
porting myself entirely, it shrank to nothing, 
especially as I was sharing it at home to help Mother. I wished 
to continue doing that. The impossibility of going to college, 
lacking both money and the preliminary schooling, had to be 
accepted. It must be added that I lacked also the bodily 
robustness that can make obstacles and hardships no more 
than incentive to overcome them. Since none of us went to 
doctors or had physical examinations when I was young, I did 
not learn until years later that my heart was not strong. The 
colds, bronchitis, influenza that plagued me were treated with 
home remedies or ignored and taken for granted. Survival 
had always required a stoicism of which Mother was a prime 
example. There was no model or encouragement for self-pity. 
What happened was the human condition. 

But let us bless books, poets, artists, music-makers of all 
sorts. As I found greater access to them, they taught me that 
drabness, tedium, injustice were not the whole of life, that 
there were worlds of high-hearted realities, of spiritual 
transcendence. No angels with flaming swords were guarding 
entrance to those worlds against those who dared the adven- 
ture of claiming citizenship. 

The young, and maybe their elders as well, tend to believe 
that what they seek is somewhere else. It was my faith then 
that if I could travel I should begin to discover the wider life, 
the more challenging and rewarding experiences, the people 
informed by wisdom and love of beauty that reading con- 
vinced me existed. Today, the imagination of the young 
bounds out into space for realization of a science-fiction sort 
of fantasy. Earlier, in the United States, it was continental 
exploration and down-to-earth pioneering that fed imagina- 
tion. I am of the sea-going English and of an earlier genera- 
tion when oceans were the perilous, little known routes to 
ports of glamour. Ships and seas were always the content of 
my dreams. 

The fall of the year was and is my most restless time, as if I 
have in me some urge to seasonal migration. One autumn day 
of special desperation and aloneness, I said to Davilla Benoit 
as we ate our sandwich lunch, "I am going to run away to 
sea." Of course that was very funny for a girl. She simply 
smiled. I knew that this expedient for exploring the great 
beckoning world, open to moneyless young men, was denied 
to me because of my sex. Yet so persistently did it haunt my 
imagination that I thought of cutting off my hair, wearing 
male garb and "signing on" as cabin boy on a ship bound for 
any port of Orient or Antipodes. Simply to be sailing the 
unknown seas was lure enough, they were so much in my 
night dreams. Jeer at my romantic, ignorant projecting and 
tell me I should first explore my own inner ocean. I was doing 
that too, though holding the feeling that Life with a capital L 
was "out there." 

Hallowe'en came. My sisters, brother Stanley and I always 
had devised masks and costumes to go masquerading with our 
pumpkin lanterns on All Hallows' Eve. This year I let them go 
alone. Stanley, though younger, had caught up with me in 
height. His clothes would just about fit me. I borrowed some 
old ones, wound and pinned my abundant hair up tightly, 
stuffed it into a cap of Father's and went bare-faced to call on 
Davilla. It thrilled me that a black-eyed French girl on the 
streetcar kept looking at me as if flirting. I was too shy to do 
more than smile. 

Davilla laughed heartily when she realized I was seriously 
considering the adventure I had threatened. "Whether the 
captain thinks he sees a girl or a pretty boy, he will quickly 
discover for himself a delightful adventure. You will not very 
long be a virgin." 

That possibility — rape — had not occurred to me. With 
discouragement I listened as Davilla took me to her tall mir- 
ror. "Look — your delicate figure — hands — lady's hands, 
so pretty — eyes — you think a young man would have such a 
mischievous smile? — and your voice! Ma petite, you may not 
be born to make babies — I am not, either, but you are all 
woman. You cannot deceive." n^ 

I had to admit that, although I might appear a bit boyish. 



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there was nothing masculine about me. I never had wanted to 
be male, only to be free to do things men could do. Now I 
know there have been not a few women who dared the male 
masquerade to achieve the freedom they were denied, many 
succeeding lifelong, but they may have been more convincing- 
ly male-featured. I was forced to admit the impossibility of 
getting on a ship to discover wider, more shining horizons — 
for the present at least, until I could buy a ticket. But I would 
not be defeated. I devised a bait and cast my net into nearer 
unknown waters to bring to me what I might not yet go in 
search of. 

In the late autumn of 1917, a letter appeared in the people's 
column of the Montreal Daily Star. It inquired if any group or 
organization of writers and artists existed in the city which a 
person seriously interested in such pursuits might join. There 
was no reply, but a little more than a week later a second let- 
ter appeared responding to the first. It stated that a group of 
writers was being formed, and suggested that the inquirer and 
any others interested should "communicate with the under- 
signed at the address given." 

Both letters were written by that lonely young woman 
groping towards her kind, the first under a pseudonym. Over 
the course of a week I received nearly a dozen replies from 
individuals of both sexes asking for information about the 
proposed group. I invited them all to a meeting at my parents' 
on an evening when Father would be away, telling Mother 
what I was doing. With the help of my sister Thea, who was 
also interested, I made the little parlour as tidy and attractive 
as I could, bought fiowers, asked Mother if she would bake 
some sweet buns and added a bottle of port wine. 

An odd assortment of people came, all declaring interest in 
writing except one gentle-mannered Jew who said he was a 
painter. A large, blonde, lame woman was helped up the two 
flights of steps to our fiat by her husband, who left saying he 
would return for her at ten. She was crippled with arthritis, 
passed her time writing and trying to sell short stories to 
women's magazines. There was a pretty, freckled, red-haired 
girl, Edith Strachan, not much older than myself, who had 
won prizes for writing at school. A man in a lieutenant's 



J^'-f uniform from some other part of 

■^ k Canada diffidently confided he thought 

W I his experiences in the war might be ex- 

citing to write about when he returned 
from fighting to save democracy. Doris 
Reid also came with her husband, who 
left her there and departed; originally 
from England, she had lived in India. A 
number of middle-aged men came pri- 
marily hoping to find amorous compan- 
ionship, attracted by the female name 
signed to the second letter. The one ex- 
ception was Alfred Gordon; he arrived 
with a fat sheaf of typewritten verse 
which he said would come out as a book 
when he had collected the retail price of 
its publication from two hundred spon- 
sors. He was ready with sign-up sheets 
and promised to honour us with a 
reading later in the evening. 

The most astonishing of all was a 
being of elegance and beauty, a willowy 
blond: "God made him for a man so let 
him pass as such," Gordon quoted in 
sibilant sotto voce to the lieutenant. The 
anomalous being ("Roswell George 
Mills," he announced himself, "of the 
Montreal Star") overheard Gordon's 
quotation from Shakespeare and gave 
him a supercilious stare. The remark 
was spiteful and uncalled-for. I could 
not blame its target for as spiteful a re- 
taliation when the opportunity arose. At 
the point in the evening when Gordon 
proposed starting his reading, Mills 
vetoed it and won support from the 
rest. "Let's get to know one another 
first. We are not, I assume, gathered 
here to begin by boring one another to 
death." 

R G Mills of the Star, the shy Scottish 
girl, Edith, the Jewish artist whose 
name was Gershon Benjamin, Mrs Reid 
from India and possibly the poet, Gor- 
don, were the only members of the 
group who appeared promising. All the 
middle-aged men left early, put off by 
the indifference to their advances of the 
two young women and bored by talk of 
writing techniques. The lieutenant, who obviously could bare- 
ly contain his horror and distaste for Mills, failed to show up 
at the next meeting, scheduled for Mills's home (he lived with 
his parents). 

The arthritic woman, Maisie McBane, arrived faithfully at 
all of the weekly gatherings, escorted by her husband until he 
rebelled. Then she appealed to Edith or me to pick her up at 
her home in an outlying part of the city and help her on and 
off the streetcars. All of us found her tiresome, her sentimen- 
tal stories boring, her conventional attitudes a restraint on 
conversation. For a time I acquiesced, without enthusiasm, to 
the demand for escort service. It meant I had to rush home 
from work and bolt dinner without a moment's pause. The 
McBane's house was more than half an hour by streetcar, for- 
ty minutes from there to the Mills's where we most often 
gathered. One night I rebelled and told a lie. "I am not feel- 
ing very well," I told her on the telephone. "I don't think I'll 
be going." 

When I arrived at the meeting, Roswell said, "Thank God 
she's not coming. I was getting ready to shock the wits out of 
her by announcing I should like to make love to her son. Did 
you know she has a quite good-looking boy of seventeen or 
so? I met them on the street one Saturday. Now if she would 
have him bring her...." 

The doorbell rang. It was Mrs McBane. She stared at me 
and turned chilly. "I thought you weren't coming." 

Feeling badly that she would guess now we did not want 
her, I tried to salve the situation. "I was tired after a hard 
day's work, but took a rest and felt better, so I came 
anyway." 

Maisie, looking aggrieved, eased herself into the most com- 
fortable armchair, reposing her cane at her feet, muttering 
that young people no longer cared to help a poor crippled 
woman. Roswell, fioating past her to the kitchen, sweetly 
asked, "Did your son bring you? He is such a pretty boy. I'd 
like to know him." 

Maisie turned red. "There is a vicious young man. I am 
coming to the conclusion 1 do not belong here." She left 
early, refusing tea which Edith passed around with the cake 



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was forced 
to admit the impossi- 
bility of getting on a 
ship to discover 
wider, more shining 
horizons, for the 
present at least, until 
I could buy a ticket. 
But I would not be 
defeated. I devised a 
bait and cast my net 
into nearer unknown 
waters,,.. 



Left: Elsa Gidlow at 17 in Montreal. 
Below: Elsa in her garden at Druid 
Heights, California, around I960. 



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Instead of 
accepting society's 
rejection, we two 
iconoclasts rejected 
our rejectors, proud 
to be the spiritual and 
passional kin of 
Sappho, the 
Shakespeare of the 
Sonnets, Jesus, 
Michelangelo and 
hundreds more whose 
secret lives we 
ferreted out from 
forbidden chronicles. 



Etsa Cidlow's autobiography, tentatively 
titled Elsa: A Life from Oblique Angles, is 
still in progress. Book One, which covers her 
life up to the time she moved to New York, 
and from which this piece is excerpted, is 
complete; Ms Gidlow is now working on the 
next volume. 

Elsa endow 's work has appeared in many 
magazines, among them Soujourner, Fron- 
tiers, and Feminist .Studies. Inquiries con- 
cerning Elsa Gidlow can be addressed to The 
Body Politic, Box 7289, Station A. Toronto, 
Ontario M5W 1X9. Attention: Rick Bibout. 

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Roswell had made. To our suprise, she managed nicely alone, 
limping out and down the stairs with the aid of her cane. 
Roswell turned from watching her through the living-room 
curtains. "Do you reeilize she came here without help and is 
leaving the same way? It a-Maisies me she has the gall to 
expect you to go all the way out to Westmount to fetch her 
and take her back." There was laughter and a couple of 
groans at his pun. But I still feh badly, both about the lie and 
having hurt the woman's feelings, although I was convinced I 
had been justified. With fiercely youthful intolerance I burst 
out, "People should not be boring and ugly and pitiable, 
making others feel like beasts for not catering to them." It 
was the last we saw of her. 

Gradually a wide variety of individuals joined us: musi- 
cians, medical students, painters, amateur actors and some 
out-of-work professional, but interesting, men. At last I had 
found people I could enjoy, converse with, learn from and 
perhaps love. The most interesting to me was Roswell. He was 
only nineteen, but older in his mind and in experience. Con- 
scious also of being an "outsider" and of the need to com- 
pensate for it, he worked hard despite his languid manner. 
His main interest was music; he took piano lessons and prac- 
tised tirelessly to a ticking metronome. His job on the Star 
was assisting the editor of the financial page. On the side he 
conducted a lovelorn column where, cynical tongue in cheek, 
he gave very proper counsel under a female name. And he 
found time to write music and drama criticism, which brought 
him free passes to the city's cultural events. To some of these 
he took me when there was no likely young man to court or 
impress. I thus enjoyed my first concerts, operas, theatrical 
productions, to which I could rarely have afforded tickets. A 
marvellous new world opened. 

Besides these events and people, Roswell also introduced 
me to a whole new range of literature I might not so quickly 
have discovered, along with the lives of its makers: Oscar 
Wilde and Alfred Douglas, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Mallarme, 
Swinburne, MaeterHnck, Max Beerbohm, Joris Karl 
Huysmans. All were bourgeois-scorning, "decadent" rebels 
of the Nineties and early Twenties with their glamorous sin- 
fulness or metaphysical retreat from unendurable middle-class 
hving. Haunting libraries, I made discoveries of my own: 
Nietzche, whose Thus Spake Zarathustra transported me to 
delirious heights of recognition; de Quincy's Confessions of 
an English Opium Eater which roused in me a desire to make 
like experiments. When I found small brown tablets of opium 
among Father's first-aid supplies, I stole some and hid them 
away for later experimentation. I studied French by myself on 
streetcars so as to be able to read in the original Baudelaire's 
Les Fleurs du Mai, excited to find him writing of love, pas- 
sionate love, between women. 

Roswell confided to me his personal crusade. He wanted 
people to understand that it was beautiful, not evil, to love 
others of one's o\in sex and make love with them. Roswell 
had divined my lesbian temperment and was happy to prose- 
lytize; the veil of self-ignorance began to hft. Together we 
read Havelock Ellis's Psychology of Sex, and other such 
volumes (available mainly to the medical profession) as we 
were able to get our hands on. We read Edward Carpenter's 
The Intermediate Sex and his Towards Democracy. I still have 
a copy of that thin India paper volume, much marked. 

A new member of our group, Louis Gross, a graduate med- 
ical student from McGill University, helped us to get access to 
some of the forbidden books. He introduced us to Krafft- 
Ebing, Guy Lombroso, who argued that "genius" was deca- 
dent, to Freud and Albert Einstein. Try to grasp how explo- 
sive all of this was to a young mind in 1916. I began to look 
for books on psychology to seek deeper understanding of why 
I had always felt myself an "outsider" in ordinary Hfe. 

Rosswell developed an unrequited love for the young 
medical student who did not walk the lavender path, and 
lamented to me at length of his sufferings. He relieved them 
writing plays celebrating erotic love between men, in the 
mood of Maeterlinck. He wrote of the tragedy inherent in the 
scorn and persecution with which this love was met by a crass 
society. The trial and jailing of Oscar Wilde were not far in 
our past and very real. We read his Ballad of Reading Gaol. 
Tragedies of Sex by Frank Wedekind was another of the 
books that instructed us in the cruelties of society to those 
who did not walk in its prescribed paths. 

In response to Roswell's confidences about his unhappy 
love life, I in turn told him of the feelings I had had for 
Frances. I spoke of her "betrayal," now recognizing that I 
had been "in love." At this point Roswell told me of Sappho. 
I went searching for all I could find of her translated 
fragments, not much, and anything written about her, also 
scarce at the time. Instead of accepting society's rejection, we 
two iconoclasts rejected our rejectors, proud to be the 
spiritual and passional kin of Sappho, the Shakespeare of the 



Sonnets, Jesus, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, 
Carpenter, Walt Whitman, and hundreds more of the world's 
admired individuals whose secret lives we ferreted out from 
forbidden chronicles. We delved into the mores of Ancient 
Greece, read Plato's dialogues, dreamed of an ideal society as 
we studied his Republic. In all of this and more we found 
reasons for loving ourselves and each other. 

I thought Roswell was the most ambiguously beautiful 
being I knew, with his metallic blond hair and pale, perfect 
features, his languidly intelligent grey eyes and soft, slim 
body; his was a hothouse beauty, like a Uving flower that 
appeared artificial. He went scrubbed in tweeds to his work 
on the newspaper, but at home among friends, at the theatre 
and concerts, he was delicately made-up and elegantly 
dressed, wearing exotic jewelry and as colourful clothes as he 
dared. Receiving at home, he donned a bronze green robe of 
heavy silk. He gently maintained that it was necessary to star- 
tle the bourgeoisie, not for the sake of shocking but to shake 
them out of their smugness, make them realize they were half 
alive and doing their best to destroy all who did not fit into 
their mould. "Greasy domesticity" was not godly but a 
blight. In one way or another, every generation repeats such 
revolt. Older men had been Roswell's mentors when he was 
younger. I also was grateful to them for helping to open up 
the worlds of thought and art. 

I inquired one day how Roswell had escaped being drawn 
into the maw of war. "Oh, I'm Four-F — physically, mental- 
ly, emotionally and morally incompetent for the glory of kill- 
ing," he explained. Mabel, his mother, was most relieved not 
to have borne a soldier. "My father can't stand the sight of 
me; it's mutual. He's in the last stages of alcoholism: sclerosis 
of the liver, poor idiot. No wonder Mabel couldn't endure it 
any longer and took a lover." 

I had seen the man who was Mabel's lover and imagined 
him to be a relative of some sort. Mabel was as beautiful as 
her son, with the same colouring but voluptuous and healthy 
Hke one of Titian's women. She dressed smartly; her son 
helped design her clothes. They were more like elder sister and 
brother than mother and son and went out a lot together. 
They shared cosmetics. She accepted him as he was. 

^^ ^F" "yr 1^ ishing to add sophistication to my 
I I ^r ^r unassuming appearance, Roswell designed 
I B^^r for me a draped, goddess-like, close-fitting 

■^•^r evening dress, which I sewed. He suggested 

P^ P^ I carry a calla lily with it when we went to 

concerts or receptions of friends together. I balked at that 
Wildean extravagance. He also tried to persuade me to use 
make-up, but I could not be bothered. It was fun occasionally 
to "dress up" for a dramatic appearance, but generally I was 
too preoccupied with writing. I preferred to be admired for 
my mind and what.it could accompUsh. "One can also be 
beautiful," he argued. "You didn't even know you had 
beautiful hands, the most beautiful I have seen." He wrote 
poetry to them and other supposed charms. 

Some of the other young men also were flattering. Ger- 
shon, the painter, said I was beautiful and he wished to paint 
me. Louis, a sculptor, told me, "You have a Burne- Jones 
body and a Rosetti neck," reciting Dante Gabriel Rosetti's 
lines: "The blessed damozel leaned out/From the gold bar of 
heaven...." 

Roswell gave me the pet name of Sappho ("You are strong 
and independent Hke her and a true poet"). The others picked 
it up and it was my name among them for years until I left 
Montreal. All heady emd romantic — but I knew I was not 
pretty; there was nothing remailcable about my apperarance. 
"No, you are not pretty, thank God," Roswell said, "but you 
are an individual. Make the most of it. Learn how to dress. 
I'll help you." The situation at least was pleasant and added 
to my self-confidence. 

Roswell and I became inseparable, feeling, if not altogether 
knowing why, that we complemented one another, loving 
with a pure, Platonic love. His gender ambiguity both attract- 
ed me and left me feeling safe. I was constantly defending him 
to people, mainly men, who regarded him as corrupt. He 
could have a viper's tongue against those he disliked, against 
smugness and persons who went out to their way to insult 
him, as was not infrequent, but I knew him for a loyal, gentle 
and generous friend, one to whom I already owed a great deal 
and was to owe more. Our friendship was to be lifelong. 

Fascinating fish my homemade net had caught. Whatever 
contributed to my devising remains unanalyzable. But from 
that action in a desperate moment I learned never to tolerate 
stagnation. Even in the most deprived circumstances it is 
possible to proclaim: "I am here, world: where are you? 
What do you want of me?" 

The rest of my life depended on the threads of that 
innocently cast net.D 



MAY 1982 



Upsetting convention witli Mai7 Poppins 



Victor/Victoria. Directed by Blake Edwards. 
MGM/United Artists, 1982 

The direct social effect of a film (in so 
far as it can be guessed) has no neces- 
sary correlation with its interest as a 
work of art. For example, we think 
Cruising, whose social effect was prob- 
ably entirely negative, a far more inter- 
esting film than Making Love, whose 
social effect must be predominantly 
positive. The former draws on a rich 
legacy from the horror movie and film 
noir and can be read as a radical cri- 
tique of authority patterns in contem- 
porary culture, while the latter has little 
more complexity or resonance than a 
made-for-TV "social problem" drama. 
What, then, are the criteria of value? 

Happily, such quandaries of evalua- 
tion are largely resolved by Victor/ Vic- 
toria, at once the most pleasurable, the 
most widely accessible, the most com- 
plex, the most intelligent, the most fun- 
damentally serious and the most radical 
of the recent outcrop of Hollywood 
movies on gay themes. (Which is not to 
say it's perfect — we'll return later to its 
quite important limitations.) 

As for discernible social effect, the 
film consistently reverses the general 
conditioning of audiences to laugh at or 
despise homosexuals from the secure 
vantage point of identification with 
"straight" male characters, and the 
huge audiences currently flocking to the 
film seem, for the most part, trium- 
phantly won over by it. Consider the 
following: early in the film Richard 
(Malcolm Jamieson), who has been sex- 
ually exploiting Toddy (Robert Preston) 
and is now walking out on him, calls 
him an "old queer"; in spontaneous 
response Victoria (Julie Andrews) 
erupts from a closet to punch him in the 
face and literally boot him out of the 
apartment. On the two occasions we 
saw the film, the audience laughed de- 
lightedly and applauded. The reponse 
was similar when Norma (Lesley Ann 
Warren), the stereotypical "dumb 
blonde," tells Toddy that she thinks a 
good woman could reform him, and he 
retorts that he thinks a good woman 
could reform her. By the later stages of 
the film anything becomes possible, and 
the audience can take in its stride the 
magnificent moment when James Gar- 
ner's bodyguard (Alex Karras, a won- 
derfully delicate performance), thinking 
he has found his macho boss in bed with 
another man, promptly "comes out" 
and, tears in his eyes, kisses him. 

What is most remarkable about the 
film is its completely successful fusion 
of delight and didacticism; it manages 
to be at once a continuously inventive 
and captivating musical farce and a 
veritable sermon on sexuality, gayness 
and gender-identity, without either facet 
undermining the other. Seldom has 
"entertainment" been so effectively 
used as a means of educating the audi- 
ence. It is especially important that the 
most explicit radical statements are 
given to Julie Andrews (they might be 
regarded as following from her splendid 
feminist lecture to Dudley Moore in bed 
in 10). Her attempts to transcend or 
negate her star image (in Star, for exam- 
ple, or the extremely underrated Darling 
Lilt) have hitherto not been commercial- 
ly successful; for most people, she 
remains the star of The Sound of Music 
and Mary Poppins, a screen persona 



which might well have gained the 
unqualified approval of Anita Bryant in 
her heyday. It is startling enough to be 
informed by a Hollywood movie that 
the only people who regard homosexu- 
ality as sick or sinful are "pure clergy- 
men and terrified heterosexuals"; for 
such a speech to emerge from the lips of 
Mary Poppins is nothing short of 
electrifying. 

Perhaps the film's most deeply satis- 
fying achievement, however, is its crea- 
tion, without fuss, pretension or self- 
consciousness, of a positive, happy, lov- 
ing and mutually supportive relation- 
ship between a gay man and a hetero- 
sexual woman. The gains here arguably 
offset what initially struck us as one of 
the film's Hmitations: although 
Andrews (as a woman pretending to be 
a man pretending to be a woman) is cen- 
tral to its play on gender-roles and the 
chief spokesperson for its discussion of 
sexual ambiguity and defence of free- 
dom of orientation, the character's own 
sexual identity is never called into ques- 
tion. Victoria is allowed to look and 
fight like a man, defending gays with 
words and fists, but she is never allowed 
to acknowledge that she might feel 
attracted to women. Yet the gay/ femin- 
ist alliance embodied in the Andrews/ 
Preston relationship remains one of the 



film's major delights. They sing and 
dance together, face problems together, 
hug, kiss, love each other, share the 
same bed, are regarded by the world as 
(male) lovers, while fully accepting each 
other's different sexual needs and 
without ever trespassing on each other's 
freedom of choice. In this, the film ac- 
curately reflects one of the most positive 
side-effects of the coalition of the gay 
and women's movements. 

In the best tradition of the American 
musical, the "numbers" are consistently 
used, not as decorative appendages, but 
to crystallize themes and narrative 
developments. Hence, the Preston /An- 
drews alliance is summed up in their 
public duet in the club Chez Lui, a 
number that also extends the film's 
complex play on gender-identity by 
being posited on a double vision: the 
audience within the movie thinks it is 
watching two men, the cinema audience 
knows it is watching a gay man and a 
woman. The song asserts not only the 
togetherness of the couple but the idea 
that everyone envies such people and 
would like to be like them. One can take 
it either way. 

It is fitting that a film so dedicated to 
educating the "straight" audience 
should centre its narrative on the educa- 
tion of a "straight" male (Garner), the 




recipient of Victoria's lectures. One of 
the movie's unquestionable weaknesses 
is that Garner learns the truth about 
Andrews identity too early (and in a 
manner that is more distasteful than the 
film seems ready to acknowledge). The 
logic of the thematic progress is surely 
that he should admit to being in love 
with Victoria while still believing that 
she's a man: when he tells her he wants 
to kiss her and doesn't care if she's 
male, the potential of the moment is 
severely undercut by the fact that he 
knows she isn't. Nonetheless, the 
character's development (in order to 
continue a relationship with Victoria, he 
has to learn to accept that people will 
think he's gay) provides some of the 
movie's strongest moments. One of its 
most notable reversals of conventional 
assumptions is the implication that 
Garner finally demonstrates his strength 
and integrity by refusing to reveal that 
he isn't gay, even under extreme 
pressure. 

As to the film's other shortcomings 
(though, when it goes so far and does so 
much, it seems ungrateful to insist on 
them): we are bothered somewhat by 
the treatment of Lesley Ann Warren 
(hilarious as she mostly is), or, more 
specifically, by the film's strategy of 
making a woman its ultimate butt or 
"fall guy." The corollary of this is the 
capitulation of Victoria herself to the 
male order against which she has previ- 
ously held out. 

More serious is its failure, in the last 
resort, to take gay relationships as 
seriously as heterosexual ones. It seems 
to us the one edge that Making Love 
has over Victor/Victoria — the only 
one, but crucially important in terms of 
gay politics and contemporary society 
— is that it confronts general audiences 
with the possibility that gays are capable 
of the same commitment, and the same 
pain, as heterosexuals. Edwards's film 
falls finally into the pattern long estab- 
lished in, for example, Shakespearian 
comedy and Mozartian opera, as well as 
in Hollywood movies such as the 
Astaire/ Rogers films, whereby a "seri- 
ous romantic couple is counterpoint- 
ed with a comic one; here, the serious 
couple (Andrews and Garner) happen to 
be heterosexual, the comic couple 
(Preston and Karras) gay. Though enor- 
mously superior to it in every way, the 
film is not quite as far removed from La 
Cage Aux Folks as we would wish. 

Robin Wood and Richard LippeH 



Garner (right) with bodyguard Karras: a sur 

prise come-out — and surprising integrity 
Andrews/Victor/Victoria (rigtit): abandon- 
ing an image Anita Bryant migtit have loved 
Dumb blonde? Lesley Ann Warren (below): 
tiilarious, but the film's ultimate "fall guy" 





MAY 1982 



THE BODY POLITIC/31 




Coming to Power: Writings and Graphics on 
Lesbian S/M (S/M: A Form of Eroticism 
Based on Consensual Exchange of Power). 
Edited by samois (a lesbian/feminist 
organization), Box 11798, San Francisco, 
CA 94101. 1981. $6.95. 

Some whisper about it. Some accuse 
with it. Some are truly repulsed by the 
very thought of it. A few are genuinely 
curious. Of those asking, most have 
predetermined it to be Dangerous to 
Your Health, and if not yours, then at 
least to the General Public's (maybe 
naive but not-so-innocent) Morality. If 
you happen to be a lesbian and you 
happen to engage in it, you might easily 
be considered Anti-Feminist, a Pervert, 
a Menace, a Sickie, a Reactionary or 
even a Fascist. And not necessarily in 
that order. Not surprisingly, you will 
enrage the poUce, the right wing's 
fanatic Moral Majority, and even a few 
of our own all-too-holy and politically 
correct lefties. But to youF shock and 
horror, you may also enrage many, 
many of your own Lesbian-Feminist 
Sisters — and if you do, you will be 
condemned by them as a Sexist Male in 
Female Genitalia Drag. Be prepared. 
Brace yourself. Allow yourself the hard- 
won right to experience Our Bodies! 
Ourselves! For as the Ministry of Truth 
correctly proclaims. Coming To Power 
"is an outrageous book." It is also a 
profound book. And it's the best thing 
that's been published on feminist 
theory /practice in a long, long time. 

If you can actually find a copy — dif- 
ficult, since the very bookstores normal- 
ly carrying feminist writing waver be- 
tween fear and anger about its contents 
or, when they don't, order such a lim- 
ited amount that it sells out immediately 
upon arrival — you will discover or 
affirm many general things about sex- 
ual/erotic relations and fantasies. But 
you will have to come to terms with 
three basic lesbian things in particular: 
(1) that what we "do in bed" involves 
more than endless discussions on wom- 
en's oppression, non-monogamy and 
guih; (2) that what we "do in bed" 
involves consensual erotic sexual fanta- 
sies/activities that may or may not 
involve the use of leather straps, silk 
ropes, vibrators, orgasms, and more 
than one other person, and (3) that the 
understanding of sex as consensual, ero- 
tic, powerful and political constitutes 
not only the basis of S/M sexual play, 
but the very foundation of feminism 
itself. 

Now sit down, catch your breath and 
read on. 

Let's start with SAMOIS's rather ap- 
propriate title: Coming to Power. As we 
all know from listening to old Lenny 
Bruce albums, "coming" is a fun little 
word imbued with a variety of meanings 
that can include mundane things like 
"in the pursuit of or "reaching 
toward" something. But it also carries 
another meaning, an erotic meaning, 
having to do explicitly with orgasm(s). 
Statements like "Are you coming?" 
"Did you come?" "I'm coming!" or "I 
came three times!" — in the right con- 
text — mean something other than can 
you /did you /will you meet me for lunch 
on Tuesday. SAMOIS is certainly not 
innocent of this (or any other) point. By 
choosing the word "coming," these les- 
bian-feminists underline the fact that, 
on the one hand, women are continuing 



their pursuit of power in this society, 
that that pursuit is solidified by getting 
{ie coming) together, and that that com- 
ing together (ie sisterhood) is, in itself, a 
serious political statement about power. 
Perhaps this might seem vaguely remin- 
iscent, if we carefully blow away the 
layers of dust, of the old and important 
slogan: Sisterhood is powerful. 

On the other hand, by employing 
"coming" they also succeed in re-estab- 
lishing a key point about feminist poli- 
tics often forgotten in today's struggle 
for women's liberation: It has some- 
thing to do with Sex, a "something" 
that is politically liberating, exciting, 
strengthening and erotic. But it also re- 
establishes a key point about (lesbian) 
sexual relations and fantasies: Sex in 
general and lesbian sex in particular, has 
something definite and positive to do 
with power, where power is understood 
as erotic, sensual and socially/ historic- 
ally created (that is, political), rather 
than something to be reduced (as is 
often done) to the crude equation 
Power = Patriarchy = Male, or in 
short, as something anti-woman. 

But although it is important to be 
clear about the multiplicity of meanings 
behind the word power, we should be 
equally clear that SAMOIS is not just 
talking about any old sisterly coming 
together, nor any old erotic form of 
power. They are talking about lesbian 
sado-masochistic sexual encounters. 
They are talking about consensual 
dominant / subordinate, tension / release, 
costume /reality, sexual relations /fan- 
tasies by, for and among women. In the 
full and total sense of the phrase (and in 
no less than thirty articles, stories and 
fantasies), SAMOIS debates, writes 
about and otherwise explores coming to 
power. 

So let's go for that long-awaited walk 
on the wild side. Let's explore and 
debate with SAMOIS what constitutes 
lesbian S/M sexual play. 

If you fiip through articles such as 



"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and 
Love My Dildo" (Sophie Schmuckler), 
"Dangerous Shoes or What's a Nice 
Dyke Like Me Doing in a Get-up Like 
This?" (Virginia Barker), "Silk and 
Leather Dream" (Anonymous), "Act II 
Scene I" (Janet Schrim), "Giri Gang" 
(Gappy Kotz), or "Handkerchief 
Codes: Interlude 11" one thing stands 
out: lesbian sado-masochism means all 
things to all lesbians. 

Some claim, for example, that it's 
just a matter of tension and its release 
via bodily orgasms: 

Slowly she takes the long red silk 
scarf from her pocket and lovingly 
wraps it around my wrists, drawing 
my arms up and over my head to the 
headboard of the bed. I lie there 
spread-eagled, arms out of my con- 
trol, as her breasts, covered in the 
cool self-contained silk rub over my 
body... The leather against me, 
pushing between my legs, hard, hot, 
impossible to avoid, even as the silk 
tells me how cool and distanced she 
could be at any time. 

Raising her knee, she grinds into 
my clit... On and on until the leather 
glistens with my juice. Another piece 
of silk appears and she rubs it over 
my breasts in ever larger circles until 
my sides and thighs and every part of 
me is drawn, electric... Her hand 
descends, and my legs spread wider 
than should be possible, as first one 
finger, then another and another 
join and pierce, pushing hard and 
fast, forcing bone against clit. 
Another finger enters my asshole — 
rubbing, massaging, ignoring the 
tightness of muscles fighting inva- 
sion. The silk keeps rubbing. 
Breasts, ribs, ass, never stopping un- 
til I come, and keep coming... The 
smell of leather filling the air, the 
creaking of her leather coming in 
time to my own cries of joy. ("Silk 
and Leather Dream") 
Some claim, on the other hand, that 



S/M sex has to do with- a discovery of 
the body, a searching for and finding 
the very boundary between agony and 
ecstacy: 

"No." More a moan than a word. 

The heavy strands of black braid- 
ed leather bit into my ass and 
shoulder blades once more. And 
again. And again. 

And my cries continued, breath- 
less, reverberating in my throat, 
barely making it into the air. My 
body, bound and helpless, jerked at 
the blows, writhing without my will. 

"No. Ohh." A moan trailing off 
into a shuddering sob... 

Suddenly the whipping stopped. I 
felt as if I were awakening in a 
strange place with no recollection of 
how I had gotten there. A sudden 
stab of pain in each nipple, followed 
by relief, brought me back as she 
removed the clamps. She undid the 
wrist cuffs from the chains and half 
carried me to bed. 

"We need a break," she said to me 
urgently. I murmured wordless 
agreement. Holding her holding me I 
felt renewed energy surging through 
us. I knew we weren't finished yet 
tonight. Curtain. ("Act II Scene I") 

Then again, some claim S/M to mean 
more than tension and release, more 
than simple limitation and discovery. 
They claim it to mean discipline and 
punishment: 

I'm wearing army fatigues and a 
form-fitting military shirt. I apply a 
gash of cruel red lipstick to remind 
her that I am all woman within my 
command outfit. 

I put her through her paces, 
watching her tits jiggle, her ass 
sweat, her cunt drip. 

Yet she's not quite sexy enough for 
me. Nor, really-, for her own plea- 
sure. So I put her in the cage and 
allow her to lick my big black boots 
through the bars. 

When we are both thoroughly 
aroused I return to my bed and we 
^ listen to each other masturbate. 

Later I punish her for experiencing 
pleasure unsuitable for a prisoner 
and for spying on an officer. 

When I take her across my lap for 
her punishment she follows instruc- 
tions to keep her fist in my cunt 
as I paddle her. She comes just 
seconds before I do and she is pun- 
ished for preceding an officer. 
("Handkerchief Codes: Interiude") 

Well. You've no doubt noticed that 
these scenes include silk (as in ropes, 
scarves and shirts), paddles and nipple 
clamps. No doubt you also noticed they 
include Tops and Bottoms, Dominants 
and Submissives, fist-fucking, anal sex, 
pain, sweat, orgasms. But what you 
might not have grasped in its entirety is 
the reality /fantasy level of each scene. 
It's up to you to decide, to know which 
is which. For the question is never simp- 
ly what is real or not about these sexual 
encounters, but what do you hope/de- 
sire to be real? This, too, is central to 
S/M play, the interweaving of fantasy 
with real-life played-out scenes. 

There is one other point that may 
have escaped your analytic eye: the fact 
of mutual consent and trust necessary 
for each sexual encounter. For lesbian 
sexual S/M is not (and this should be 
stressed) performed against a woman's 
will. Moreover, it is not emotional S/M 
blackmail — the typical "mind-fuck" 
game-playing often present in lesbian 
relationships. Lesbian sexual "S/M is 
not abusive, rape, beatings, violence, 
cruelty, power-over, force, coercion, 
non-consensual, unimportant, a choice 



32/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1982 



made lightly (or) growth blocking...". 
And, as Martha Equinox quietly adds, 
it's certainly not boring. People agree to 
do it together, consensually, and they 
agree to stop immediately when either 
partner wishes to do so. 

How do you know when to stop, or if 
you're the Bottom, how do you let your 
lover /partner know you've had 
enough? By using code words, like 
"pink" for "ease it up" or "red" for 
"stop." How do you know whether a 
sex toy is safe or unsafe to use? You 
check it out before engaging in an S/M 
sex scene. After all, not every potential- 
ly erotic object is necessarily safe — this 
goes particularly for glass bottles (which 
form a vacuum in the vagina or anus 
and have to be surgically removed) or 
hard plastic dildoes and vibrators that 
may spHnter under pressure. These and 
other safety tips can be found in Janet 
Bellwether's important lesbian S/M 
safety guide: "Love Means Never Hav- 
ing to Say Oops." It is up to both (or 
more) partners to know exactly what 
they're getting into and the limits of the 
play. But it's particularly important for 
the Top to understand the complexity of 
each scene, since she will usually be the 
one with the most freedom of move- 
ment and, therefore, the one exercising 
continual judgment of the situation. 

Lastly, how do you know if you 
might be into S/M if you've never tried 
it before? Will you want to be a Top or 
a Bottom, a Dominant or Submissive? 
Will you want to be Versatile? Are you 
going to want to try whipping someone 
or wanting yourself to be whipped? Or 
will you want it to be just tension/ 
release without the use of toys or ropes? 
These questions do not have self-evident 
answers. And it is precisely because 
there are no pat answers that SAMOIS 
provides many varied personal state- 
ments about lesbian S/M. These state- 
ments often include comments about 
feeling nervous, curious, even scared. 
But even if Curiosity Killed the Cat, we 
all know that Satisfaction Brought Her 
Back. "Proper Orgy Behaviour" (by 
"J") testifies to this dual fear/satis- 
faction: 

Orgyl 
Thoughts I keep to myself: 
Oh jeez, look at those women over 
there. One is whipping the other. Uh 
oh and I promised myself I'd be cool 
and nonjudgemental... but... but... 
how can they do that? Why would 
she want to be whippedl 

Oh it's just too weird. Why did I 
come to this orgy anyway? Me, 
monogamous me, who's never done 
a three way with friends.... 

Orgy 2 

...there are those two women 
again. All that leather she's wearing. 
I wonder if she gets hot in it? 
...I wonder what it feels like? Why is 
it such a turn on? Oh, it's just too 
weird. 

Orgy 3 

Listen, I know this might sound 
unusual coming from me, but well... 
I'd like to see what it feels like to be 
whipped! 

My friends are delighted, and we 
find a swing board for me to lie 
down on. I tell them I am feeling 
very vulnerable and do not want any 
sexual play at this time, only whip- 
ping. "Only whipping" I gulp. 1 
then tell them that my safe word for 
stopping the action is "red," and 
"pink" for lightening up. 

One by one they take turns. They 
ask my permission first, and are lov- 
mg and gentle in their manner... I 
am anxious. Will it hurt? Can I take 



it? What am I doing? I wait nervous- 
ly, then... SMACK! The first hit... 
"Ayyy, that hurts," I protest. I am 
surprised at how much it stings. 
They laugh and I relax. So, it really 
does hurt. 

(After several smacks with variations 
on the Scene:) 

She says, "I think that's enough 
for your first time." "Oh," I say 
disappointedly. I want to go on.... 
"No, enough for now. You think 
you can take more but you really 
can't." And then she reassures me. 
"You can always do it again." Yes, I 
smile, feeling very peaceful and self- 
satisfied. 

We are left, in the end, with a burning 
(shall I say stinging?) indictment, an in- 
dictment that brings us full circle to the 
beginning of our walk on the wild side: 
if lesbian S/M sex is so powerful, so in- 



teresting and so much fun, why is it not 
more openly talked about, let alone " 
practised? The answer has to do, in 
part, with a two-pronged development 
within lesbian /feminist poUtics. 
On the one hand, S/M sex is seen to be 
scary, often thought to be a Heterosex- 
ual Aberration of the Scars of Patriar- 
chy, and therefore seen as something to 
be contained, sealed off, in a word, cen- 
sored by some of the major elements 
within the feminist community. On the 
other hand, to admit to yourself and to 
your once cosy lesbian-feminist world 
that you're an S/M dyke means to come 
out once again, but this time in an ever 
more vicious atmosphere where you will 
definitely be discredited by the very 
sisters whose support you once held in 
high esteem. It is a maddening emo- 
tional drain. And our SAMOIS sisters 
are keen on presenting exactly how 
disturbing and how tortuous it has been 



for them in their uncomfortable role as 
the new cutting edge of the lesbian sex- 
ual liberation movement. (See in par- 
ticular Gayle Rubin's excellent analysis, 
"The Leather Menace: Comments on 
Politics and S/M" reprinted in the April 
issue of TBP.) 

But Coming to Power is more than an 
attempt to put sex back into lesbian 
politics. It is an attempt to show, 
through stories, graphics and analysis, 
just how political (ie, socially construct- 
ed) lesbian sex really is. It is an attempt 
to remind all of us that we must contin- 
ue our fight to define sexual relations on 
our own terms as something valid and 
important. It is an attempt to remind us 
that the personal is political. 

Only one small question remains: are 
you going to be part of the problem or 
part of the solution in the fight for the 
sexual liberation of women? 

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MORE FILM 



Dramatic tricks and dubious intentions 



Deathtrap directed by Sidney Lumet. 
Released through Warner Brothers, 1982 

A close-up of a nervous young man 
peering around a corner; he is afraid he 
is being watched. Cut to: two eyes look- 
ing out from behind a drape: he is being 
watched. The young man emerges from 
behind the wall, cradling in his arms a 
woman's corpse. 

The camera pulls back, showing the 
murderer, the wall, a door... and in the 
foreground, a restless audience. The 
acting in this thriller, they mutter, is 
horrible — and the script worse. The 
voyeur behind the drapes is sweating: he 
is the play's author and standing at the 
back of the theatre he senses this pro- 
duction is going to bomb. 

This intriguing unfolding of layers of 
theatrical artifice and theatrical reality is 
endemic in Deathtrap. Being a thriller, 
its success should depend on how well it 
creates suspense, how long it enticingly 
withholds the actual outcome of events, 
how effectively it teases us into believing 
in its inevitability. Yet Jay Presson 
Allen's screenplay isn't content to do 
only that: its trickery is not just a matter 
of concealing outcomes, but of hiding 
whole events. 

The sweating playwright, Sidney 
Bruhl (Michael Caine) is devastated. 
Once the Neil Simon of thrillers, he is 
now observing the fourth in a numbing 
series of flops. And when he returns 
home to his wife Myra (Dyan Cannon), 
he confides to her his worst fear: he has 
received a script in the mail from a fan 
of his, an aspiring playwright, one Clif- 
ford Anderson (Christopher Reeve). It's 
a thriller and it's very good — perfect, 
in fact, so perfect that Anderson may 
usurp Bruhl's title of Thriller King. He 
must be stopped — eliminated, as it 



were. He is invited to Bruhl's East 
Hampton home so they can iron out 
some of the script's "small problems." 

By this time, the scenario seems 
familiar enough as these things go: hus- 
band and wife team up to wipe out what 
they consider a threat to their security. 
But soon the machinery appears to 
backfire, when, through a series of 
shocking events, Myra is bumped off in- 
stead. Anderson is terribly pleased with 
this development. And Bruhl? Couldn't 
be happier! 

The reason for their elation is 
nebulous at first, but when the two 
embrace and kiss triumphantly, the 
clouds quickly dissipate: after all, what 
a burden this woman was! That kiss dis- 
closes for us, at last, the premise that we 
all have been watching. The gay coup- 
ling is used as a dramatic trick, the 
assumption being that this is the last 
thing we should expect. Like the camera 
shots which pretend to know all the 
action but purposely omit important 
information, this deception and provo- 
cation are all part of the film's 
playfulness. 

And Deathtrap gets up to more 
mischief. The two lovers soon become 
rival playwrights, each setting out to 
write the ultimate whodunit — even if 
one's cunning necessitates the other's 
demise. They threaten each other with 
plots, effects, props, performances — 
with their own scripts' outlandishly 
morbid clever pranks. What forges the 
tension and dramatic gravity here is the 
rivals' relationship. It is the spectre of 
betrayal between lovers, through profes- 
sional competition and suggestions of 
murder, that anchors the suspense. 

Not that these two have any mono- 
poly on duplicity; every character in this 
film has dubious intentions. Even the 



screenplay is not without its chicanery. 
It may be that Allen is using this male- 
male relationship to set the complexities 
in bizarre, alien territory. Few things 
could complete this film's vertiginous 
atmosphere better than the sight of two 
men kissing and calling each other 
"dariing" and "sweetie." Yet it is to 
the advantage of cheery twaddle like 
this to keep its cameras aimed only at 
what appears to be pertinent. 

Michael WadeD 



MUSIC 



Alternative merits 

Popular Songs. Written and performed by 
Clive Robertson. Available through The 
Record Peddler, 115 Queen St E, Toronto 
M5C 1S1. 

This collection of nine songs by Tor- 
onto-based artist and writer Clive 
Robertson addresses a number of sub- 
jects more common than popular. Patri- 
archal dominance, media manipulation, 
police harassment, unemployment, 
inflation — Robertson's concerns are 
hardly the material of a hit record. But 
they are the stuff of our lives. That the 
album has been reviewed more than it 
has been played is an irony its title 
anticipates. Produced on a shoestring 
budget outside the corporate record 
industry. Popular Songs acknowledges 
its sub-cultural position by flaunting its 
anti-commercial attitudes in a no-frills 
package. It is marginal music, written 
for and about people who experience 
the anger and enervation of oppression. 
Robertson's use of the song format to 
explore the reasons and manifestations 
of powerlessness in our society make 



him an easy target for musical and polit- 
ical purists. Complicated issues rarely 
make for easy listening; when they do, 
they invariably suffer from oversimplifi- 
cation. Popular Songs is vulnerable on 
both counts. Robertson's attempt to 
reduce the concept of hegemony to two- 
and-a-half minutes, for example, is 
inevitably problematic. How do you 
turn political theory into a catchy tune? 
Some will say you shouldn't even try, 
that the result will demean the idea, 
deaden the song, or both. And do we 
really want to dance to a ditty about the 





Robertson: cofnmon, if not popular, concerns 

Toronto bath raids, entitled "No More 
Shit"? Are we not defusing our anger 
and diluting our politics no matter what 
the musical quality? 

I think not. The co-opting of minori- 
ty and sub-cultural groups by mass cul- 
ture is a process as old as slavery. As we 
watch our lovemaking fill the nation's 
cinemas, this process appears all too 
benign. In such a climate, art that 
asserts its oppositional status by remain- 
ing a deliberate alternative to the struc- 
tures of mainstream culture serves a val- 
uable political purpose. Popular Songs, 
if only because of its problems, reminds 
us of the merits of being different and 
"difficuh." 

Listen for it. In a culture where famil- 
iarity breeds content, what you don't 
hear matters. 

Robert Wallace D 

U.S. Dream 

TWo sixth-graders 

finally bought 

eleven dollars' worth 

of chocolate bars and 

left town 

at the end of the winter 

walking toward 

the headwaters of the Amazon 

and the blessed 

jungle tree where 

they would build a home 

in the strong limbs 

and be loved 

by the birds and monkeys 

until the turn of the century. 

Jed FifeD 

This issue's writers 

Jed File was born in Moscow, Idaho, but now lives In 
Pullman, Washington. . All of Sue Gelding's friends are 
anxiously awaiting her return fronrEngland. . George K 
Sax Is a film critic and social scientist in Buffalo. New 
York . . Michael Wade has given up go-fering for a job as 
a busboy. , Teacher and playwright Robert Wallace will 
be reviewing Bloolips in the June issue, , . Tom Waugh 
teaches film at Montreal's Concordia University . , Robin 
Wood and Richard LIppe. who have been together for 
three years, both teach film in Toronto. 



34/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1982 



DRAMA 



Confusing life, art, liistoiy and Oscar Wilde 



Lord Alfred's Lover.a play by Eric Bentley. 
Personal Library (439-17 Queen St E, Tor- 
onto, M5C1P9), 1981. $6.95. 

Oscar Wilde should have a special sig- 
nificance for gay men and women, one 
linking his name to the development of 
liberation struggles and gay conscious- 
ness. Yet, until the pubHcation of this 
play (with the dubious exception of 
Lord Alfred Douglas's viciously self- 
serving autobiography), there has been 
no important examination of Wilde's 
life and times informed by a gay 
sensibility. 

Bentley brings undeniably impressive 
credentials to his task, as a scholar, 
playwright and democratic socialist (he 
pays tribute to Wilde's essay "The Soul 
of Man Under Socialism" in the preface 
to this work). Like many of us, he 
seems to feel an affinity with Wilde as 
both artist and as the eventual martyr in 
a struggle Wilde himself predicted 
would be "long and red with monstrous 
martyrdoms." But it is a pity that so lit- 
tle has resulted from Bentley's efforts. 
Lord Alfred's Lover does little to illu- 
minate or explain its subject's success or 
the forces which carried him to an early 
and ignoble end. 

It would be inappropriate to com- 
ment here on the performance potential 
of the play (to be performed in New 
York later this year, with Quentin Crisp 
in the cast), but read as either a work of 
biography or imagination it is a disap- 
pointment. 

Designed as a reminiscence and con- 
fession by Douglas at the end of his life 
in 1945, the play telescopes the last nine 
years of Wilde's life, from his meeting 
with Lord Alfred in 1891 to his exile in 
Paris after serving a two-year sentence 
for committing acts of "gross indecen- 
cy." Much of the dialogue is taken 
from the writings of Wilde and others, 
which may lend an impression of auth- 
enticity but which does not, unfortun- 
ately, produce a work of historical 
accuracy: the play is rife with errors, 
most of them, it must be assumed, 
intentional. ^ 

For example, Douglas's confession of 
his affair with Wilde can scarcely have 
been revelatory in 1945, since by that 
time he had been gradually revealing the 
truth and correcting his lies for about 
twenty years. And unlike the play's ver- 
sion of events, Douglas was not in Lon- 
don when his father left the famous call- 
ing card at Wilde's club accusing him of 
posing as a sodomite, and so Wilde's in- 
itial anger and decision to bring suit was 
made without his lover's encouragement. 
Such inaccuracies would matter less if 
they were committed in the service of a 
greater truth, an euiist's insight into a 
complex man's character. But Bentley 
covers much while revealing little. 

He hurries the action along with a 
series of brief scenes until he arrives at 
the denouement, the one big scene 
which seems to be the raison d'etre for 
the work. Set in Reading Gaol, it 
depicts a visit by the Prime Minister, 
Lord Rosebery (a fictitious event, of 
course). Rosebery comes to announce 
the government's decision not to rescind 
the remainder of Wilde's .sentence, des- 
pite his repentance. He also wants to 
explain to Wilde why he is suffering 
humiliation and imprisonment. Rose- 
bery is in the play to speak the author's 
message: Bentley apparently believes 



that Wilde's crime was not sodomy but 
his challenge to bourgeois morality and 
therefore the bourgeois state, and that 
this challenge had to be met by the 
state's impersonal, overwhelming 
power, marshalled by official defenders 
of a faith who do not practice this 
morality themselves. Rosebery was, 
Bentley contends, a closet homosexual. 

There is a modicum of truth in all 
this, but not enough to support the 
polemical energy of this work or to war- 
rant such manipulation of historical ma- 
terials. Rather than clamping down on 
Wilde like a trap, Her Majesty's govern- 
ment acted only after Wilde declined to 



avail himself of a delay sufficient to 
allow a retreat to France before the war- 
rant for his arrest was issued. 

More importantly, Wilde was the 
chief engineer of his own destruction, as 
when, with self-dramatizing recklessness, 
he sued Queensberry for libel. Long 
before, Wilde had carefully exhibited a 
cavalier indifference to public opinion 
about his morals. He was not punished 
for the relationship that Lord Alfred's 
father found so objectionable, but for 
consorting with working class youths, 
thus violating the Victorian rules and 
openly flouting class divisions. A man 
who sat in cafes with telegraph boys and 



unemployed valets drinking champagne 
should have known better than to ask 
society to validate his honour. But on 
the eve of his lawsuit, Wilde told a 
friend not to worry because "the work- 
ing classes are with me — to a boy." 
Was this insouciance knowing or blind? 

It has been suggested more than once 
that his excesses were related to his 
aesthetic creed, which stressed the value 
of intense experiences, the worship of 
beautiful forms and "creative decep- 
tions." Did he confuse his life and his 
art, or simply refuse to acknowledge a 
distinction? He once wrote: "What the 
paradox was to me in the sphere of 
thought, perversity became to me in the 
sphere of passion." 

This Wilde doesn't seem to interest 
Bentley. His Wilde is too much the tool 
of the author's argument. Oscar Wilde 
remains to be captured by a gay writer. 

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TOM WA UGH: IMAGE ALERT 



Uncovering a forgotten Canadian gay f ilm-f rom 1965 



The first gay movie from English 
Canada is not an obscure museum 
piece, but a fine dramatic feature that 
played to festival acclaim around the 
world in 1965. It is now forgotten. 

Winter Kept Us Warm was made on a 
shoestring at the University of Toronto 
by David Secter, a 22-year-old English 
major from Winnipeg. It wasn't easy. 
After student council money launched 
the filming of Secter' s script of an 
"ambiguous" (as they used to say in the 
Sixties) male friendship in a campus 
residence, finishing grants were predict- 
ably refused by the Canada Council, the 
Ontario Arts Council and the National 
Film Board. 

But Secter persisted and went on to 
prove the bureaucrats wrong. The critics 
loved it, despite its black-and-white 
"Canadian" aura and its forbidden 
theme (which some even acknowledged 
in print). After Winter's splash at the 
1965 Cannes Festival, a French critic 
wondered whether Secter, this "jeune 
chien fou" from Toronto, would soon 
outpace his Quebec conterparts, who 
were at that time the toasts of Paris. 

It was not to be. After a modest 
release in the art houses and campuses 
across North America, Winter Kept Us 
Warm disappeared from the screens and 
the history books. Secter's hopes 
seemed permanently dashed the follow- 
ing year with the failure of a second 
feature, an intercultural heterosexual 
love story. 

Three years later it is 1969: Stonewall 
erupts, the University of Toronto sees 
its first homophile association and the 
Canadian Film Development Corpora- 
tion has begun its mission of ushering 
Canadian movies into the world of 
economic survival. But David Secter 
doesn't wait; he moves to New York for 
a second career as a theatrical producer. 

Winter still looks good today. It is 
sad but strong, rough-edged but mov- 
ingly tender and honest. To see it is to 
rediscover not only an unjustly negelect- 
ed Canadian film, but also a poignant 
moment in gay history — an image 
from those winters in Toronto that we 
must never forget. D 




Winter: The finest sequence of the film shows Peter and Doug romping in shirtsleeves across 
the new-fallen snow of the residence quadrangle, chasing squirrels and exulting in the 
innocence of quickie hugs and caresses. As the film progresses, the physicality of their 
friendship grows, from jock-style handshakes and back-slapping to the half-drunk arm-over- 
the-shoulder routine and even, at one point, a furtive peck on the cheek. But when Peter 
finally gets laid (as they used to say on campus in 1965), it's with Sandra, not Doug, and 
Doug angrily and confusedly realizes that it's all over. The springtime brings distrust and 
rejection, with Doug awakening to something he will not be able to suppress anymore. 



Pink triangles: Doug (centre, in photo at 
right) sizes up Sandra, his rival for Peter's 
affection who wins out in the end. For some 
years, the triangle has been a basic formula 
of the gay feature, two loving men and the 
heterosexual woman who either comes 
between them or gets left out. 

Do the " three 's-a-crowd" stories 
express a misogynist myth about our alleged 
misogyny, or simply part of our reality as gay 
men. many with heterosexual pasts and 
strong friendships with straight women? 
Or are they just an index of the overwhelm- 
ingly straight market at which big-budget 
films aim? Whatever the case, among 
Winter's many virtues are the relative 
integrity of the two women characters and 
the clarity with which the film exposes the 
degrading and sexist courtship games that 
were (and still are?) part of male 
undergraduate culture. 



The Great Canadian one-shot queer flick 



There is a whole Canadian film genre, as 
Canadian Forum's Peter Harcourt recent- 
ly commented, of feature films about 
young people, by young people. The 
directors have been promising neophytes 
who have been given a chance to direct 
because of the erratic conditions of film 
production in this country, but who have 
either not been permitted or able to build 
on their one-shot achievement with any 
consistency or integrity. 

While many of these quintessentiaily 
Canadian youth movies are about alien- 
ated straight men in a state of prolonged 
adolescence, what Harcourt did not 
notice is that a surprisingly high propor- 
tion of them are about gays, by gays, or 
express a gay sensibility. (There are even 
a few about lesbians.) 

This sub-list is impressive, but sad 
because so few of these often widely 
praised works have been widely seen or 
substantially followed up: alongside 



Winter Kept Us Warm, think of Outra- 
geous! (Richard Benner, 1977), Fortune 
and Men 's Eyes (Harvey Hart, 197 1 ), 
Montreal Main (Frank Vitale, 1974), The 
Rubber Gun (Allan Moyle, 1977); about 
lesbians there are August and July (Mur- 
ray Markowitz, 1972), By Design (Claude 
Jutra, 1981) and P4W: Prison for Women 
(Holly Dale and Janis Cole, 1981); from 
Quebec, there are // etail unefois dans 
I 'Est (Andre Brassard /Michel Tremblay, 
1974) and A tout prendre (Claude Jutra, 
1963). 

If we can surmise why such films were 
never followed up, the question remains 
how they ever got made in the first place. 
Are there so many simply because a 
highly subsidized film industry, colonized 
and marginalized by Famous Players and 
the other arms of the Hollywood mono- 
polies, doesn't have enough energy or 
coherence to be systematically 
homophobic?n 




Overturning expectations: As Sight and 
Sound 's Richard Poud noticed, ' 'it is the 
womanising older boy who falls desperately 
— and unrequitedly — in love with the 
younger one, " providing a "(stunning) 
moment when all of a sudden one realises 
that one has got it all wrong, that something 
quite different is happening up there on the 
screen, but that that something is neverthe- 
less completely convincing and right. " 
To please the Finnish-Canadian Peter 
(above, at the window), Doug learns a Fin- 
nish folksong, "Far Away is My Love, " on 
his guitar and sings it staring intently into 
Peter's eyes. Doug's "steady girlfriend" 
Bev, who is present, squirms with embar- 
rassment: the audience squirms with 
admiration. 




Fantasies from the closet: Not one but two 
steamy bathing scenes of male intimacy and 
sensuality — the first (top) in a Finnish 
sauna when Peter is sharing his ethnic 
heritage with his new friend; the second in a 
campus locker room where a towel-snapping 
scene with the whole residence gang leads 
to Doug helping Peter wash those hard-to- 
reach areas of his back. 
The classic setting for closet gay eroticism. 
Think of all the filmmakers who have been 
attracted to, terrified by — or otherwise 
engaged with — inter-male sexuality and 
who have resorted to the old rub-a-dub-dub 
formula to exorcise or covertly celebrate 
desires for which the script has no room. 
The basic bath list: Visconti (The Damned; 
Death in Venice; Ludwig; The Innocent), 
Pasolini (Accatone; Canterbury Tales; 
Arabian Nights), Lindsay Anderson (This 
Sporting Life; If), Hector Babenco (Pixote), 
Fred Schepisi (The Devil's Playground), R W 
Fassbinder (Fox and his Friends; AH: Fear 
Eats the Soul), and an interesting current 
Hollywood representative, James Bridges 
(The Paper Chase; Urban Cowboy). 

John Labow, the student actor who played 
Doug, now a TV Ontario producer, remem- 
bers no discussion whatsoever of the gay 
theme of the film; for him and the rest of the 
overwhelmingly straight cast and crew. 
Winter was about heterosexual male friend- 
ship. Director-writer Secter remembers 
otherwise. Regardless of who was kidding 
whom, Secter himself knew exactly what 
was going on. For him. Winter was deeply 
personal, autobiographical even, the probing 
of a reality that was still unspoken at the U of 
Tin the mid-Sixties. It was so unspoken, in 
fact, that the gay element had to be soft- 
pedalled to ensure campus support. Even 
so, some administrators saw through the 
discretion of a script that never stated the 
obvious (even today, Personal Best says 
"fuck" and "pussy," but never 
"lesbian"), and denied permission to use 
locations under their jurisdiction. But, look- 
ing back from a post-Stonewall vantage 
point seventeen years later. Winter's tactical 
coyness is overwhelmed by its more funda- 
mental honesty. 



Winter Kept Us Warm is available from the 
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, 
144 Front Street W, Toronto, ON M5J 2L7. 
Thanks for assistance with the article to 
David Secter, John Labow, the Audio-Visual 
Department of Concordia University and 
David Poole. 



36/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1982 



AESTHETERA 



• Independent filmmaker Donna 
Deitch, who won awards for her docu- 
mentary Woman To Woman is gathering 
$1 million to film Jane Rule's Desert of 
the Heart. The rights to the novel, 
about two women among the divorce 
courts and casinos of Reno who decide 
to take a gamble themselves and make a 




Filmmaker Deitch: bringing Rule to screen 

commitment to each other, had been 
sought by a major studio, but Rule was 
afraid the theme would be exploited by 
them. Desert Heart Productions can be 
contacted at 1524 Cloverfield Blvd, 
Santa Monica, CA 90404. 

• Miss Fit? Dept: After receiving objec- 
tions from tennis star Billie Jean King 
about the title of her autobiography (to 
be released in June), Viking Press has 
changed it from Misfit to Billie Jean. 
King had been out of the country and 
was not consulted when the promotion 
for the book, co-written with Frank 
Deford, was launched. The book does 
touch upon the nonconformist role 
King had to play when growing up and 
when trying to get ahead in the male- 
dominated tennis world, but King felt 
the title would be seen as applying to 
her entire life. A double page ad in Pub- 
lishers Weekly January 8 also had King 
describing herself as "that pushy, loud- 
mouthed, paranoid bull-dyke, with fat 
legs and bad eyes..." and King has 
asked that that sentence, which was 
edited from final manuscript of the 
book, be dropped as well. 

• Good Fairy Productions, "Songs of 
Changing Men," is announcing two ex- 
tensive projects. The Seattle-based col- 
lective has organized a local concert se- 
ries throughout May and June, which 
will draw upon such talents as Charlie 
Murphy, David Sereda and Chris 
Tanner. They have also formed a mjiil 
order service with, at present, a dozen 
records of "alternative men's music" 
available. Good Fairy can be contacted 
at Box 12188, Seattle, WA 98102. 

• Vancouverites will experience 
Bloolips, the out-of-this-world gender- 
fuck theatre group, at the Vancouver 
East Cultural Centre, May 12-29. 

• The Marquis de Sade, one of the most 
talked about but least read writers of all 
time, is being represented in three new 
editions of his work by Bookthrift, 45 
W 36th St, New York, NY 10018. At 
$7.95 each, the volumes include Justine, 
The 120 Days of Sodom, Juliette and 
Philosophy in the Bedroom. 

New books: 

Gravedigger by Joseph Hansen. Holt, 
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A Private Life by Cynthia Propper 
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rumoured to live a life of lesbian 
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A History of Shadows by Robert C 
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The Black Queen Stories by Barry 
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Hometown by Peter Davis. Simon & 
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charged with openly masturbating in a 
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E M Forster: Centenary Revelations by 
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Flaws in the Glass: A Self -Port rait by 
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Who Killed Sal Mineo? by Susan 
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Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthol- 
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Shared Ground is only three months old 
and already the volume of mail I receive 
from publishers and magazine collec- 
tives is unbelievable. Thank you to all 
the women who have shown an interest 
in Shared Ground and have sent in 
periodicals and books to be reviewed. 

I received a very encouraging letter 
from Laurie Knight and the Second 
Wave Collective in Cambridge, Massa- 
chusetts, along with a copy of the tenth 
anniversary issue of Second Wave (Vol 
6, No 1). Since it first appeared, the 
magazine has gained quite a reputation. 
Its pages have reflected battles over les- 
bian rights, abortion, daycare, racism 
and the patriarchal system. However, 
with economics the way they are. Sec- 
ond Wave needs help. The anniversary 
issue contains fine examples of the good 
work offered in Second Wave. In 
"Notes From Just Over the Edge: A 
New Lesbian Speaks Out," a woman 
(who must remain anonymous due to 
custody considerations) writes about 
first coming out, about her love for 
women and her painful glimpses into 
the oppression many lesbians have had 
to carry all the years of their lives. 
Almost every lesbian has, at some time, 
experienced what the author describes: 
the newness of the feelings, the power 
of being honest with one's own sexual- 
ity, the energy a woman feels the first 
time she finds herself in a room full of 
other lesbians. In "Triptych," three 
short fiction pieces, Judith Treewoman 
describes the trauma felt by a woman 
who loves women but can't express her 
love and the experience of wanting 
women but fucking men to work one's 
self through the maze of one's sexuality. 
Treewoman also details the problems of 
political correctness and describes the 
pain we inflict on ourselves by being 
dishonest with one another. Second 
Wave also contains poetry, book 
reviews and political features as well as 
photography and graphics. 

I also received word from Broad- 
sheet, New Zealand's feminist maga- 
zine. Reading through Broadsheet 
proves that our problems are interna- 
tional: an article on pornography by 
Andrea Dworkin, advice on how to dis- 
cuss your lesbianism with your children, 
notices for the local rape-crisis centre. 
One item that drew my attention was a 
feminist fairy tale called "Once there 
was a beautiful, strong, gentle, wild 
young woman," by eleven-year-old 
Rachel Sutton, complete with a princess 
who loves archery, running and her kit- 
chen maid. The women win their free- 
dom from the mean old King, who 
locks them up, by beating all the men in 
the kingdom with their archery skills. 
They run away to other kingdoms to 
gather together all the amazing women 
they can find. Broadsheet should appeal 
to readers who want a look at women's 
lives from an international perspective. 

Many women who try unsuccessfully 
to get their work published are turning 
to self-publication. Despite financial 
constraints, many of these self-pub- 
lished books are well designed. But not 
all of them are well written. You've Got 
to Ride the Subway, by Madge Rein- 
hard appears to have been pushed into 
print too quickly; the story seems un- 
directed and is difficult to follow. 



The subtitle reads, "a sort of femin- 
ism," and the story continues in this in- 
decisive manner. It is about a multi- 
talented but fanatically religious house- 
wife who leaves home and falls in love 
with a woman, cruises bars and tries to 
be a lesbian — but isn't; she attempts to 
rid herself of her husband's oppression 
— but doesn't; and she ends up prefer- 
ring silence to the struggle necessary to 
become a whole person. This book was 
"sort of banned in Boston," according 
to the publisher, but I'm still looking 
for something in it that would warrant 
censorship. The design of the book is 
reminiscent of bound printer's galley 
proofs and the hand-doodled front 
cover is also second-rate. You've Got to 
Ride the Subway is an example of the 
unpolished work that vanity presses 
sometimes produce. 

A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This 
Far is a new collection of poetry by 
Adrienne Rich. Rich continutes to 
search for a "common language" and 
writes poetry that conjures up the spirit 




Rich: strength ttirougti a common language 

of women of the past, writers and artists 
and the poet's own grandmothers. She 
attempts to find ways to link these 
women to us so that we can gather 
strength from the vast matriarchal his- 
tory behind us. "For Julia in Nebras- 
ka," a poem written in tribute to Willa 
Gather, demonstrates Rich's search for 
connections: 

In the Midwest of Willa Gather 
the railroad looks like a braid of hair 
grandmother's strong hands plaited 
down a grand-daughter's back. 

A Wild Patience is not a small-press 
publication, but it provides an excellent 
showing of the craft of Adrienne 
Rich.D 

The Second Wave, Box 344, Cambridge A, 
Cambridge, MA 02139. Four issues, $12.00 
US. 

Broadsheet, Box 5799, Wellesley Street, 
Auckland, New Zealand. Monthly, $15.00. 
You 've Got to Ride the Subway, by Madge 
Reinhardt. Back Row Press, 1803 Venus 
Ave, St Paul, MN 551 12. Paperback $5.50. 
ISBN 0-917162-02-1. 

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MAY 1982 



Who was Chariotte Bach? 



Some readers may remember my 
previous mentions of the work of British 
theorist Charlotte Bach and her col- 
leagues Bob Mellors and Don Smith. 
Mellors and Smith are both gay activists, 
and Mellors vk'as one of the founders of 
Britain's Gay Liberation Front in the 
early '70s. Bach was a Hungarian-born 
psychologist who, in a series of lectures 




Bach/Karoly: Compendium pic of a double life 

and bulky privately-printed tracts, devel- 
oped a meamdering set of questions, 
speculations and theories about human 
character types, sexual variations (she 
called them "deviations") and the nature 
of human evolution. Her work dealt ex- 
tensively with homosexuality: an impor- 
tant question for her was "Why has 
homosexuality survived? Why hasn't 
evolution eliminated it thousands of 
years ago?" She gave her theories the 
label "Human Ethology," and her small 
movement was beginning to attract at- 
tention when she died suddenly last year. 

At the time of her death, Bach's own 
theoretical book and two other books 
about her and her ideas were moving 
towards publication. The well-known 
novelist and writer on psychology and 
philosophy Colin Wilson was also about 
to publish a major article on Bach's 
theories. Bach's unexpected death might, 
in the ordinary way, have stimulated in- 
terest in her ideas. As it happened, it h£is 
resulted in a good deal of embarrass- 
ment. For on her death, it was revealed 
that Charlotte Bach was a man. 

Born in Hungary shortly after the First 
World War, Carl Bach, alias Michael 
Karoly, Jilias Michael Hadju, apparently 
graduated in philosophy and psychology 
before joining the SS during the Second 
War. Bob Mellors, in a recent article in 
the British magazine Forum, writes, 
"Although Charlotte wrote about seeing 
people tortured and watching executions, 
what part he played in all this is obscure. 
Certainly, after the war... Carl was im- 
prisoned for several months. Eventually 

he got away to England As a man 

Carl had married and gained a stepson. 
For over ten years the family prospered 
in London. Then, suddenly, the wife 
died in an emergency operation and two 
weeks later the son, then aged 19, was 
killed in a car crash." It was after this 
double tragedy that Carl's previous 
transvestite tendencies "returned with a 
vengeance.... Friends who visited him or 
her were never quite sure who was going 
to open the door," Mellors writes. 
"After a while, Charlotte simply never 
changed back." 

While Bach was experimenting with 
dress reform, Michael Karoly worked as 
a consulting psychologist in Mayfair and 



wrote articles for the popular press. 
Soon, Charlotte /Michael began to adver- 
tise — for people involved in transves- 
tism, fetishism, S/M and other sexual 
experiences. Employing the name and 
personaHty of "Mrs Daphne Lyell- 
Manson," she became sexually involved 
with some of these people, who paid her 
for the privilege. Sometimes, according 
to Mellors, she asked her clients for 
samples of their pornography — "an in- 
valuable research tool." Before long, 
Charlotte had set herself up as a "spank- 
ing madam" (one of many in London), 
and it was in that capacity that she began 
to gather the "research notes" from 
which her later writings grew. 

While she was alive, even her close col- 
leagues such as Mellors and Smith 
apparently did not suspect she was a man 
(though she was six feet tall, with broad 
shoulders and a deep voice); they were as 
surprised as anyone when the truth came 
out. The revelations have been taken in 
stride by Bach's gay followers, but not 
by the publishers about to solemnly issue 
their respective tomes on Human 
Ethology and its august founder. They 
are not quite sure how to proceed in the 
light of the latest news. 

Bob Mellors concludes his fascinating 
article on Bach, "No Sin Unsinned," 
with even more scandal. "It has to be 
said," he writes, "that there is a dark 
side to Charlotte's life.... As I've said, 
he was probably in the SS. In 1956 he 
was accused of embezzling funds collect- 
ed for freedom fighters in Hungary. She 
was a shoplifter and petty thief. He was 
imprisoned twice for debt. Her dealings 
with her clients as a spanking madam 
were sometimes less than scrupulous. In 
later life, she had a boyfriend who took 
her to the pictures once a week — then 
she got a colour telly and ditched him! 
The catalogue could go on. 

"All in all," he concludes," she beat 
the devil at his own game." 

Anyone interested in Charlotte's life or 
work or obtaining pamphlets on Human 
Ethology or a reprint of Mellors' article 
should write to Another Orbit Press, 5 
Caledonian Road, London Nl, England. 
Please enclose enough to cover postage 
and photocopying costs. 

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murderer. The book's original publisher, 
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BETTE MIDLERISH LOOK, 29, female. Wants 
friends possibly leading to relationship. Likes jour- 
nalism, music, movies, children. Professional busi- 
nesswoman. Romantic. Monogamous. Non-smoker. 
Send photo and letter to Drawer C849. 

Friends/male 

International 

WHITE AMERICAN seeks correspondence with 
youth. I'm 25, 6' 145 lbs, lonely. You throwaway, run- 
away, needing home, relationship. I'll answer. Draw- 

er C6%. 

SENSITIVE, SENSUOUS, science-professional, 
late 40s seeks smooth, muscular younger brother rela- 
tionship. Interests include; gardens, walking, run- 
ning, cycling, alternative energy, home building, 
reading, cooking, metaphysics, bodybuilding, mas- 
sage.... Appreciate warmth, cuddhng, honesty, love 
life. Please avoid this opportunity if you use: tobacco, 
alcohol, drugs, "gay social scene"; are not actively 
athletic or can't come to Rochester, NY. Recent photo 
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Frank, detailed letters, photos appreciated. Write 
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IF YOU'RE A GAY or bisexual truck driver with a 
rig, you can help me with my fetish if you do not ob- 
ject to a paying passenger on one of your trips. Details 
on request. Discretion assured and expected. Drawer 

C807. ■_ 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; 33-year-old male 
wishes to establish acquaintances in various Canadian 
areas. Write; Jack Miles, 334 No. Oakhurst Drive, 
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terests. Enjoys a hard day's work (masculine). Draw- 
er C830. 

Northwest Territories 

YELLOWKNIFE, NWT — GWM, 29, 5'11" I601bs. 
Good-looking and athletic, wishes to meet other gays 
and straight-appearing. Dominant, yet versatile and 
easygoing. Understanding and quiet. Enjoys jogging, 
movies and get-togethers. Write with phone number 
and address. Discretion assured. Drawer C69I. 



Alberta 



MODELS REQUIRED in Calgary. Prefer straight- 
looking guys with form, to 30. I'm 27, 6'2" eyes of 
blue, 155 lbs, blond. Send photo if possible. Sorry, 

unable to remunerate. Drawer C683. 

GWM LOVERS seeking couples, singles, M / W, close 
down to earth friendship. Honesty, sincerity expect- 
ed. Replies from anywhere, also penpals. Write True 
Friends, Box 1192, Mayerthorpe. AB TOE INO. 
EDMONTON, QUIET 22-year-oId, tired of game 
players and insincerity, seeks sensible guy for compa- 

nionship. Drawer C808. 

OPPOSITES ATTRACT? Bi-guy, 30, masculine, 
5'H" 180 lbs, hairy, curly, likes to love young guys 
with slender hairless bodies. I'm a sucker for a pretty 
face. My face shows intelligence, warmth, and 
strength. I like people who are growing and happy. If 
you too are sexually frustrated, write; Box 715, Sta- 

tion M, Calgary AB T2P 2J3. 

MARRIED WITH KIDS but gay, 30, 6' 175 lbs, suc- 
cessful businessman looking for man in similar situa- 
tion for relationship. Consider others who can handle 
frustrations of relationship with married man. Dis- 
cretion required. Photo and telephone number 
please. Drawer C8I3. 



BI WHITE MALE, 50, 5'7" tall, 164 lbs, in good 
heahh, seeks friend 40 to 55. Must be discreet and 
honest and in good health and living in Peace River 
country if possible. Will answer all ads. Drawer C837. 
FRIENDLY AND ATTRACTIVE gay male, 28, 
finding it lonely in Banff Would like to meet other 
guys under 35 for friendship, possible relationship. 
Discretion appreciated. Photo and phone if possible. 
Drawer C840. 



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all-around together guy to touch, hold and be held. A 
friend masculine, reliable for a solid, lasting friend- 

ship. Drawer C761. 

RECENTLY MOVED TO SARNIA. Would like 
companionship of intelligent person(s) and — possib- 
ly — a broader relationship given the correct varia- 
bles. 25, 5'6" 170 lbs. Looking for similar age and 
outlook. P.S. I love moustaches. Joseph, Apt 503, 
483 North Christina, Sarnia, ON N7T 5W3. 
OSHAWA-COBURG AREA; eager, horny 34-year- 
old GWM seeks similar for friendship and possible re- 
lationship. You name it. I'm discreet but self-assured. 
Photo appreciated. Include phone number. Drawer 
C827. 

PROFESSIONAL, 27, S'll" 180 lbs, seeking attrac- 
tive, younger male to share a secure relationship with 
comfortable home and future in London. (519) 
453-5634. 

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wants attractive bottom man who can service and 
please me. Please be specific as to services provided. 
Photo a must. Box 3673, Station C, Hamihon, ON 

L8H 7N1. 

HAMILTON; MALE, 40, 5'8" 140 lbs. Attractive, 
bright and active. Enjoys swimming, cycling, travel- 
ling, photography, music, reading and films. Seeks 
warm, heavy-set gentleman to share sensual encoun- 
ters. Photo, phone and letter please. Drawer C815. 
GAY EAST INDIAN MALE, 43, 5'9" 140 lbs, mas- 
culine, would love to meet a masculine friend for a 
possible relationship. I'm professional, quiet, easy- 

going and sincere. Drawer C812. 

GAY WHITE MALE, 24, 5'7" 135 lbs, wishes to 
meet same, 25-35. Interests include jogging, dining, 
politics, conversation and camping. Conservative in 
nature. Considered to be a well-adjusted person. En- 
joys the finer things in life. Box 144, Station A, Ham- 

ilton, ON L8N 3A2. 

HUMPY GWM, 22, looks 25, athletic build, into 
hairy muscular men, 25-40. Basically bottom, will top 
in right situation. Into leather, levis, roles, toys, kinky 
times; try anything once, usually twice. No piggery or 
filth. Photo and letter get same. London, Niagara, 
Toronto areas only. Drawer C843. 

Toronto 

GAY MALE, 22, SINCERE, seeks same, 22 to 30 for 
honest friendship, possible relationship. Photo ap- 

preciated. Drawer C764. 

AFFECTIONATE, CARING, CUDDLY, discreet, 
easy-going, sensual, sincere, artistic, intelligent male 
27, 6'2", average-looking, would like to meet same 
25-35 for friendship and mutual pleasure; phone 
number and photo really appreciated, but not neces- 

sary. Will answer all. Drawer C806. 

WELI^ENDOWED DUDE not into bars, baths, 
seeks loving sensuous enduring relationship rather 
than quick sex. Will answer all anywhere. Drawer 

C800. 

MASCULINE GUY, 35, 5'9" 150 lbs, with cropped 
beard and hair, good-looking, casual, open, educat- 
ed, very athletic, sexually aggressive but often socially 
retiring, thoughtful, romantic, attentive, stable. 



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seeks a good and lasting friendship/relationship. En- 
joy art and collectibles, exercise (running, light 
weightlifting, cycling), travel, movies, the outdoors, 
sunning, homelife, quiet evenings. Have much to of- 
fer but my good life is hollow without a special com- 
mitment. Love to hear from guys of similar physique, 
outlook, interests. Drawer C801. 



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GWM, 30, GOOD-LOOKING, wheelchair-bound 
with cerebral palsy, seeks sexual relief. Private apart- 
ment downtown. Experience with disabled unneces- 
sary, will teach. A/P french, JO. Not keen on greek. 
Revealing letter, phone number, photo if possible. 

Scott. Drawer C802. 

AFFECTIONATE GWM, 28, 5'6" 130 lbs, honest, 
intelligent and romantic. Moving to Toronto and 
seeking friends who are under 30, slim and sincere. 

Photo and phone appreciated. Drawer C717. 

ARE YOU LIKE ME? Alone and fed up cruising and 
one-night stands. I am a 45-year-old GWM, average- 
looking who seeks a strictly one-to-one relationship 
with a big /husky hirsute butch type male with a view 
to living together. T\vo can live cheaper than one. I am 
honest, sincere and reliable. Out-of-town replies in- 

vited. Drawer C804. 

I HAVE A DREAM that everybody lives happily. Will 
my dream come true? Handsome, masculine, sincere, 
honest guys please answer. I am 26, oriental, educat- 
ed, mature and monogamist. Box 5796, Station A, 
Toronto, ON M5W 1P2. 



"GOOD-LOOKING GUY, 41, active, healthy, physic- 
ally fit, loves the outdoors, outdoor activities and 
sports: swimming, canoeing, camping, kayaking, ski- 
ing, cycling, back-packing, nature study, bridge, 
movies and the arts; am seeking a close relationship 
with another masculine guy, either gay or bisexual, 
who shares these interests. My goal is to build a log 
home northwest of Metro, and live a simple, conserv- 
er-type lifestyle. Surely there is another guy out there 
who shares this dream. Box 290, Station M, Toronto, 

M6S4T3. 

IF YOU ARE A REAL SLAVE with a high pain 
threshold digging a rough fantasy trip, if you enjoy 
being slapped across the face, the bite of the belt on 
your ass, being put in bondage and abused, then be 
prepared to act. This is no sissy stuff Total submis- 
sion is the limit. 1 am 32, attractive, well-buih. Got my 
head well together. Only explicit letter of your capaci- 
ty and description gets reply. Age or race irrelevant if 
you are slim and well-built. Marc, Box l(X)-385, 2 

Bloor St W, Toronto ON M4W 3E2. 

PROFESSIONAL ATTRACTIVE GWM 30, tired of 
bars and attitude of Toronto men. Looking for attrac- 
tive man interested in theatre, sports, travel. Some- 
one who enjoys sharing quiet times with special per- 
son. There must be interesting men out there who 
want more than a one-night stand and who have a 
positive attitude toward themselves. You are 25-38, 
sincere, intelligent professional, honest, sensitive and 
seeking relationship with caring man. Please provide 

detailed response. Drawer C811. 

OUTDOORSMAN, PERSONABLE, thirtyish, 
seeks younger brother who doesn't do his camping on 
Yonge Street. Adventure, travel, employment possi- 

ble. Discretion assured. Drawer C809. 

ATTRACTIVE GWM, 32, physically, socially, emo- 
tionally weU together, masculine, easygoing, sincere. 
Tired of cheating myself sexually, wants to meet same 
to fulfill unconditional fantasies. I am ready to ex- 
plore anything as top or bottom with adventurous 
man. We decide our limits together. No bullshit could 
lead to complete "ownership" of each other. If com- 
patible nothing can be too far. I am into everything 
related to: S/M, heavy B&D, CBTT, enema, complete 
ass work, F and G active /passive, WS, blindfold, 
toys, humiliation, confinement, abuse, smoke, pop- 
pers, spanking, jockey shorts, role-playing, fantasy 
trips, shaving (FF?) and anything kinky or unusual. 
Scat and mutilation are out. Cleanness and respect are 
in. You are slender, well-built (boyish looking, little 
hair a plus) masculine acting and looking. Direct, un- 
inhibited. Detailed letter and photo (returned) a 
must. Box 100-385, 2 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON 

M4W 3E2. 

ATTRACTIVE HAIRY MASCULINE male coUects 
and wears silky nylon lingerie. Would like to meet 



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for fun and games. Discretion assured and expected. 
Descriptive letter and phone number secures prompt 

reply. Drawer C772. 

TALL, WORLD-TRAVELLED, passable TV, ex- 
dancer, now 33. Seeks clean, raunchy, dominant top 

males for most scenes. Drawer C782. 

BLOND BLUE-EYED slim male late 20s, 5*8" 130 
lbs, average looks, searching for big built males to 
forty, for hot times, almost anything goes. Leather, 
S/M, B&D, jockstraps, jackoffs, underwear, greek, 
french, active, passive, etc... Frank letter appreciat- 

ed, will answer all. Drawer C814. 

WHITE MALE, 40s, seeks educated, intelligent, lov- 
ing black male, any age. I'm masculine and affection- 
ate, physically trim, enjoy music and theatre, believer 
in interracial harmony and understanding. Drawer 

C816. 

TALL DARK HANDSOME early 30s, masculine 
white male, wants same who wants what I have to of- 
fer: understanding, caring, honesty, stability, tired of 
bar scene, sense of humour, possible healthy lasting 
relationship with right man, who knows what he 

wants. No games. Drawer C8I7. 

MALE, EUROPEAN ORIGIN, fond of leather and 
boots, wants friend, preferably with motorcycle. Box 
572, Concord, ON L4K 1C6. 



SHARE GOOD TIMES, photography, classical 
music, cooking, country walks, beaching, etc. Things 
go better with a warm friend. GWM 5'6" 130 lbs, 
moustache, short beard, blonde, 36 years, looking for 
someone with similar interests to share meaningful 
times. Do us both a favour, take a chance. Drawer 
C841. 

GAY WHITE MALE, 5'10" blue eyes, attractive, 
looking for serious tennis pjutner friend etc. Over 30 
preferable. I am a student. Club member would be 
great. Photo, phone appreciated. Reply 109 Pem- 
broke St, Apt 2, Toronto, ON M5A 2N9. 

BIG, FUZZY, CUDDLY teddy bear who is well-used 
(40s) and comfortable is in need of well-adjusted, in- 
telligent, interesting and caring person. Drawer C839. 
GWM, ATTRACTIVE, 28, 5'10" 155 lbs, sincere and 
affectionate seeks friends 21-28 possible relationship. 
Interests: outdoor activities, literature and good 
times with friends. Photo please. Drawer C838. 
YOUNG TORONTO GUY, mid 20s, into scat, wishes 
to make friends. Enjoy movies and cycling. Write 
Jim, Box 203, Station K, Toronto, ON M4P 2G5. 
SENSITIVE, INTELLIGENT MALE, 40s, enjoys 
erotic self-stimulation, sharing sensuous pleasure 
with men, all races, 30-65. Phone number requested. 
Drawer C836. 

GWM, 30, BRIGHT, stable, masculine, handsome, 
148 lbs, 5'H" brown hair, moustache, French. Look- 
ing for a sincere masculine male for friendship, affec- 
tion and possible relationship. Reply with phone 

number. Drawer C829. 

HOT PASSIVE GUY, 26, 5'7" 135 lbs, into having 
his ass explored by cocks, dildoes, toys. Also into 
B&D, enemas, new experiences. Would like to meet 
skilled explorers of any age to discover and expand 
horizons. Have own toys but bring yours too. Drawer 
C83I. 

HAVE YOU EVER been hurt by a lover, afraid to try 
again? I was deeply hurt but am prepared to try again. 
I seek someone to share my life on a one-to-one basis. 
I like music, dancing, plants, cuddling. If you are sin- 
cerely looking for a companion and lover in all ways 
please answer. If not please don't waste my time and 
yours. Write today and don't delay. It could be a beau- 

tiful spring. Drawer C832. 

GWM, 47, QUIET TYPE seeks same for friendship 
and possible relationship. Photo, phone number ap- 
preciated. Discretion assured and expected. Drawer 
C834. 

WARM, FURRY, FUN, sensitive, positive, appreci- 
ative, humpy, mature, fit. Homo Canadensis. Ready 
to mate with dewhiskered male of same species. Plen- 
ty of primal comfort. If given phone number, purrs. 
Given photo, purrs riotously. Drawer C835. 



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three years study in England. Male, 26, blond; nice 
looks and body, sexy. Energetic, bright, complicated, 
decent, radical. Sexually versatile, open. Seek new 


proclivities negotiable, though waxing bambi. Not in- 
to those not into the bar and bath scene. Send letter— 
photo optional — to Drawer C848. 


contacts, twenties, for mutual personal and physical 
pleasure (and respect). Write with details of interests, 
fantasies and photo. Discretion assured. Drawer 
C824. 




MASCULINE GUY 33, 5'7" 145 lbs seeks attractive 
companion to share closet. We have demanding ca- 
reers and live life in straight surroundings, but long 
for a discreet and mutually satisfying one-to-one rela- 
tionship. Enjoy movies, books, ocean, sunshine, 
travel. We could be sharing all these things. Drawer 
C847. 


WHOLESOME, INTELLIGENT, INDEPEN- 
DENT non-smoker (John Denver sans god and coun- 
try) wanted (William Hurt please reply) by tall, attrac- 
tive blond, 26. Into films, dancing with friends, 
theatre and a little exercise. Starving for an honest, 
direct relationship /friendship. Perfect people need 
not reply. Preps welcomed. Photo appreciated. 
Drawer C828. 




Dr. 1. Von Lichtenberg Ph.D., 
Psychotherapist 

Initial visit — No charge 

Strictly confidential 

922-2996 

Toronto 


ATTRACTIVE MAN, MID-40s, 5'8" 135 lbs, seeks 
masculine yet sensitive man interested in music, 
theatre, movies, summer outings. Moustache OK, 
but no beards please. I'd appreciate full description of 
you and your interests. Drawer C8I8. 






INTERESTED IN MEN of action above 35 possess- 
ing strength of body and mind who feel good about 
themselves and enjoy the satisfaction that results 
from one-to-one sexual encounters which mav devel- 


BLACK FRIEND WANTED by sensitive, warm, in- 
telligent male, 46, who enjoys people, music, conver- 
sation, sex. Please write with phone number. Drawer 
C850. 


op into a friendly buddy relationship. rm32, 5'8" 140 
lbs, muscular, agile, greek passive, french active, fill- 
ed with a zest for Ufe. Get the message? Drawer C819. 


MALE, 26, LIKES MUSIC, movies, theatre, etc, 
seeks sincere, affectionate companion. Photo appre- 
ciated. Drawer C852. 


WITH TASTE, PLEASANT clean-cut male seeks 
meaningful spring-summer romance with spicy taste- 
ful sincere gay male. Rodnee (416) 922-8484. 




RUBBER TURNS ME ON, how about you? I am a 
gay guy, looking for a guy (single, married, any race) 
to share the pleasures of gay rubber sex. Frank letter 


WANT TO MEET well-endowed black man up to 35 
years. I am 45 years, good-looking, and very generous 
to the right person. Love to travel. Drawer C821. 


with phone requested. Will reciprocate. Absolute dis- 
cretion assured. Drawer C853. 


GWM, 26, 5'7" interested in movies, domestic life. 


I WANT SOMEONE who's willing to: go slow, go on 
dates, get involved and is honest with me and himself. 
I'm 35, WM. Let's talk and exchange details. If 
you're between 25-35, then write. Risk it! Contact is 
adventurous Drawer C822 


animals, bicycling. Looking for masculine, gentle, ro- 
mantic and affectionate male to 35 to share life and 
love. Not into "dance till you drop" nightlife. Enjoy 
giving massages. I know you're out there and I want 
to meet you. Drawer C854. 






MISSING FROM MY LIFE: a young affectionate 
and charming friend. Won't you help me find you? 


PRETTY TRANSVESTITE, 33, tall but convincing, 
seeks randy men for parodies of heterosexuality. 
Phone number please. Drawer C851. 


stable, romantic but rational, 35, 5'6" 150 lbs, blond, 
blue-eyed individual. Have a great sense of humour 
and wide interests. Looking for a mature, sharing and 
lasting relationship. Photo appreciated but will an- 
swer all. Drawer C823. 


Ottawa/Eastern Ontario 

YOUNG MALE COUPLE beginning farming in 
Glengarry county looking for others with similar life- 
style for friendship from Cornwall to Montreal. Any 
age. Penpals welcome. Drawer C796. 


GAY INTRO'S 




OTTAWA AREA, affectionate, masculine male, tall, 
slim, discreet, 40s, varied interests, seeks a one-to-one 
relationship with another sincere, honest male 35-50, 
not afraid of a commitment. Closet types welcomed. 
Drawer C748. 


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MONTREAL AND QUEBEC AREA: Let's start 
this spring together, get out of our solitude, have a 
full, lasting relationship! Let's share our evenings and 
more.... Don't think you can't find the right man: 
give it a try and write. If you are looking for a dynam- 
ic, non-possessive, financially independent man in his 
late (but crisp) thirties, 6' 170 lbs — he's waiting for 
your letter! You should be 35-45, have a job, good 


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body, like privacy, reading, music. Remember: write 


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call (416) 222-9330 or -9331 
meet other sincere, responsible 
people for lasting or short term 

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Annual fee— Discretion Assured 




toaay, not tomorrow — it couia be a Deautitul spring! , 
Drawer C762. 


GAY — MONTREAL honest male in business likes 
outdoor wilderness, quiet life and cities, enjoys trav- 
elling, has good sense of humour, social, gentle, dis- 
creet, naturist, sensible, financially secure, independ- 
ent, healthy, fully alive, enjoys outside dinners, open 
minded. Welcome decent attractive good-looking 
men, 18-21 to visit or stay at Montreal or Swiss chalet, 
will give hospitality and good times, to enjoy the finer 


TWO GAY PROFESSIONAL men (lovers) seek so- 
phisticated gentleman or couple to share very discreet 
rendezvous. We are both mid-30s — clean-cut— who 
both enjoy the finer things in life. Let's fulfill our fan- 
tasies? Please write and send telephone number and 
photo. Absolute discretion assured. Drawer C825. 
GOOD-LOOKINGGUY, 30, 5'8" 140 lbs, adequate- 
ly endowed, light brown hair, blue eyes, neatly trim- 
med beard and moustache, masculine appearance. 
I'm interested in meeting other guys between 25 to 35 
who are available for afternoons or late-night ses- 
sions. I'm not interested in serious relationships, only 
sex that will be mutually satisfying to both of us. If 
you need a good sex buddy without all the emotional 
entanglement then drop me a hot letter, photo and 
phone number. This could be the hot time you've been 
looking for. No limits, anything goes. Drawer C826. 
GWM DEVELOPING INTEREST in heavy rubber 
seeks others with same interest for mutual enjoyment 
or correspondence. Ray, Box 214, Station M, Toronto 
ON M6S 4T3. 




things of life. Affectionate, agreeable, educated, re- 
fined if possible. 1 am generous for the right compa- 
nion. I adore animals. Serious repUes and recent 
photo a must. Andri BenoTt, 5991 rue de la Roche, 
Montreal, QC H2S 2C8, (telephone 1-514-277-7834 
weekdays only). 




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(416) 977-4718 


VERY SINCERE YOUNG man, affectionate, 
honest, good-looking, non-smoker, 27, 5'8" 135 lbs, 
many interests. Looking for positive man, between 
27-39, who is kind, sincere, mature, and in desire and 


need of enlightening friendship (relationship). Do we 
have the same quest in life? Photo appreciated. Tor- 
onto area please. Drawer C844. 




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ATTRACTIVE MARRIED GUY, masculme, quiet, 
gentle, 30, 5'7" 142 lbs, seeks attractive married man. 


Maritimes 


preferred to 40 to teach and instruct me in the 
pleasures of gay sex. Drawer C845. 




KENTVILLE AREA, 40, 5'10" 180 lbs, clean, mas- 
culine, muscular, white, sincere, versatile male; en- 


ATHLETIC BLACK MALE, 29, attractive mascu- 
line, open, considerate, honest and together, with 
many interests, seeks thoughtful, open, attractive 
masculine male for friendship or possibly more. 
Photo and phone number appreciated and answered 
first. Drawer C846. 


joys quiet times with good friends, good food, drink, 
music, movies, bodybuilding, outdoors, reading. 
Would like to hear from guys with similar interests for 
casual visits or long-term sharing relationship. Pos- 
sibly interested in vacation exchange with guys in Tor- 
onto or other parts of Canada. Drawer C803. 



42/THE BODY POLITIC 



MAY 1982 



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CANADIAN MAN, 23, returning from England this 
summer, seeks position as personal assistant, re- 
searcher from August. Well educated. Administrative 
and office skills. Genuine offers please. Toronto area. 

Drawer C820. 

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Prisoners 



A NOTE TO PRISONERS who wish to have pen-pals 
— Metropolitan Community Church is offering a 
pen-pal service to men and women prisoners through 
the church's prison ministry. The address is Prison 
Ministry, 730 Bathurst St, Toronto ON M5S 2R4. 
I AM A 35-YEAR-OLD INMATE at the Southern 
Ohio Correctional Facility who would like to receive 
letters. Arkmail Ray Sales, No 156-781, Box 45699, 

Lucasville, OH 45699 USA. 

GAY CHRISTIAN IN PRISON would like to start a 

gay monastery when I get out in about 3 years. If you 

would like to help in this please write. I would like to 

have some gay Christian pen pals from all over the forOntO 

world. R Scott, No 624655, Cedar Hall, B-U, Box wiiiw 

900, Shehon, WA 98584 USA. 



NON-SMOKING PROFESSOR on leave seeks fur- 
nished 2-bedroom apartment in downtown Toronto 
from June, July or August 1982 to June, July or Aug- 

ust 1983. Drawer C728. 

WANTED — PLEASANT, friendly, quiet person to 
share gentleman's home. Most reasonable rent in ex- 
change for light housekeeping. Prefer (but not re- 
stricted to) Asian male — student or employed. Draw- 

er C833. 

ROOM IN STUDENT/ WORKER co-op house — 
M/F, G/ST. Approximately $180/month including 
utilities. Bathurst /Dupont area, phone 533-7800. 
SHARE HOME CLOSE to downtown. Will consider 
reduced rent to student in exchange for light house- 

keeping. John 363-9972 after 5 pm. 

SHARE WITH 2 OTHERS: renovated home— south 
Riverdale. Fireplace, 5 appliances, good TTC. Look- 
ing for responsible person 24-35. 463-1567 evenings. 
DON MILLS: ALIVE 40s GWM seeks similar re- 
sponsible gay male to share fully equipped townhouse 
with full private garden, parking. Close to park 
system. Must love animals. $300 plus utihties, first 

and last. Drawer C842. 

DOWNiSVIEW NEAR York University. Female pre- 
ferred. Share 3-bedroom with 2 other women. $167 

monthly. References required. 636-5492. 

DAVISVILLE/BAYVIEW MALE has house to 

share. Serious inquiries only. 481-1076. 

LARGE 1-BEDROOM fiat, renovated, lots of sun- 
light, 1 1/2 bathrooms, basement study, fireplace, 
deck, garden. Gay man or woman, references. 
Brunswick /Harbord area from July 1. Drawer C855. 
QUEEN AND CARLAW. Huge, 3-bedroom semi- 
furnished apartment over store. Corner property. 
Skylights. Mature professionals only. $600, all includ- 

ed. 482-5243, evenings. 

3 PAISLEY, DUNDAS / LOGAN, totally renovated, 
modern, bright retreat, close to downtown, move-in 
condition, all new apphances, sauna, fireplace, fin- 
ished basement. A Benegbi RE Ltd, A Hotter, 
222-2003. 

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suggesting anything illegal or fattening, but simply 
that TBP classifieds are now cheaper by the dozen (or 
the deuce). Check the order form for details. 



Services 



Homes 



Alberta 



SHARE MY LARGE 2-stOrey house, 5 minutes from 
downtown Calgary. Separate rooms $250 plus utili- 
ties. Write Otto, 228 llth Ave NE, Calgary, AB 
T2E 0Y8 or call 276-6165 or 263-1114. 



Saskatchewan 



GWM 44 trim, business-oriented, returning to Reg- 
ina. Seeks 2 discreet males under 30 to share furnished 
house. Must be responsible, law-abiding, perhaps 
students. Photo, letter to Cam, TGA-4825, Box 5332, 
Denver, CO 80217 USA. Good home, very low cost. 



Southern Ontario 



OPENLY GAY PSYCHOTHERAPIST. Individual/ 
Couple Counselling. Also sexual dysfunction coun- 
selling. Confidence guaranteed. Eugene Allen 

Schoentag, 524 Bathurst St, 967-0272. 

THERAPEUTIC ACUPRESSURE massage helps 
relieve tension pain by professional MASSAGE 

therapist T Fung, PhD, RMT. 966-5159. 

PROFESSIONAL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE in 
the comfort of your home DOES NOT HAVE TO 
COST AN ARM AND A LEG. Massage stimulates 
circulation, helps relieve fatigue, eases nervous ten- 
sion, helps relieve muscular pain, reduces edema, en- 
courages relaxation and sleep. Jack Gilead, MA, 

RMT. By appointment. %8-0580. 

CAREER COUNSELLING and resume prepara- 

tion. Phone 469-0002. 

MASSAGE. THERAPEUTIC — no sex. St Clair 
West area. Reasonable rates. By appointment. Call 
Bill 967-9195. 



ROOM HOUSE pleasant accommodation. Come en- 
joy country. Relax. Have fun. Low. Write: FGarry, 32 
Richmond St, Chatham. ON N7M 1N6. 



Travel 



Toronto 



HOUSE TO SHARE with discreet gay males. Bloor/ 
Dufferin / Davenport area. Must be employed. Refer- 

ences may be required. Drawer C756. 

ROOM FOR RENT in gay house. $289 a month (with 
sun-room attached). 2 blocks from Gerrard, between 
Pape and Greenwood. Close to subway and all-night 
streetcar. Share rest of house including big kitchen, 
living room with working fireplace, yard. Carpeting 
and utilities included. Can furnish. Call 463-%88. 
DELAWARE, NORTH OF BLOOR, semi. 2 large 
bedrooms, I small bedroom, kitchen with sun-room, 
available May 1, $650 plus utilities. 482-5179 or 

222-9080. 

LARGE 3-STOREY HOUSE in Riverdale to share. 
Fully equipped with washer, dryer and dishwasher. 
There are 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 bathrooms 
and 3 fireplaces. Handy to TTC. Available June 1. 
Call Stan after 6 pm at 461-2262. 



BOSTON, US. The Parkview. Private guest rooms in 
the heart of Boston. 85 Westland Ave. (617) 536-3608. 
"COME TO LONDON FOR A GAY HOLIDAY" 
— The Philbeach Hotel, 30/31 Philbeach Gardens, 
London SW5, UK, Europe's largest gay hotel. Bar, 

disco, restaurant. Tel: 01-373-1244/4544. 

PROVINCETOWN'S WATERSHIP INN— Charm- 
ing guest house in centre of New England's hottest 
gay resort, (617) 487-0094, 7 Winthrop St, Province- 
town, MA 02657. Brochure available. 



Volunteers 



WE NEED YOUR HELP to run the TAG Friday 
night discussion groups. Volunteers needed to join the 
collective to help plan and facilitate the meetings. All 
that is required is 2 nights a month. For moreinform- 
alion^alUefT^977;6320Frid^ 



Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Spend a pleasant vacation at the Lauder- 
dale Manor, located 300 feel from our 
beautiful beach and overlooking the 
Iniracoaslal Waterway. Party at the world- 
famous Marlin Beach Hotel next door and 

come back to a quiet and friendly 

atmosphere. Modestly priced hotel rooms, 

efficiencies and apartments. Call or write 

Lauderdale Manor, 2926 Valencia Street, 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. 

Telephone (305) 463-3385. 



Films 



WANTKD: GAY. XRATII), Super 8 or Standard 8 
gay films in good shape. Discretion required and 
promised. Drawer C767. 



Other 



PHOTO OF YOUNG (18 f ) nude guys $3.00. Info 
Box 244, Succ D, Montreal, QC H3K 3G5 Canada. 
Guys from Mexico. Brazil, Thais. Canadians, black 
and white. 

SOLSTICE. Gay astrological & tarol consultations. 
463-9688. 



Professional 
Photographer 

Richard Plowright 

- Portfolios 

- Fashion 

- Commercial arts 

- Publicity 

- Pet portraits 

- Office decor 

Himagery Photographies 

P.O. Box 6245 

Station 'A' Toronto 

532-4380 

24 hr telephone tape service 



Canada's oldest penpal club 
for gay men. 

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Members across Canada 
and the U.S. 



P.O. Box 3043b, Saskatoon 
Sask S7K 3S9 



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CLIMCAL PSYCHOLOGIST 



Private practice in individual, couple 

and family therapy at 44 Jackes Avenue 

(Yonge and St. Clair area), 

Toronto, Ontario M4T 15E. 

Confidentiality guaranteed. 
Telephone 962-5328. 



MAY 1982 



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NATIONAL/ BINAWNAL 

ZLAIcoholics Anonymous. International Advisory Council 
for Homosexual Men and Women. lAC. PO Box 492. Vil- 
lage Sin. Hew York. NY WOU. 
ZAIIantic Gay Alliance/Association des Gaile)s de I'At- 
lantique. contac^bAE(Halilax). FLAG i Fredencion) or 
Northern Lambda Nord (Western NBj 
^Canadian Gay Archives, Box 639. Stn A. Toronto. ON 
M5W 1G2 (4161977-6320 
Z^Committee to Defend John Damien. Box 608. Stn K. 
Toronto. 0NM4P 2H1 

ZDignity/Canada/Digniti. Box 1912. Winnipeg. MB 
R3C 392 (204) 772-4322 

Z Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Transsex- 
uals (FACT). Box 291. Sin A. Hamilton. ON L8N 308 
(416)529-7884 Central Canada: Box 2666. Winnipeg. 
MB R3C 4B3 Southwest Ontario: MsRM Schwartzen- 
iruOer 21 Cherry St. Kitchener. ON N2G 205 576-5248 
H Integrity (Gay A nglicans and their Friends) . Canadian 
regional representalive. c/o Box 34. Stn C. Calgary. AB 
T3A2G1 (403)233-7404 

^International Gay Association. Secretariat. c/oCHLR. 
Box 931. Dublin 4, Ireland International Lesbian Infor- 
mation Secretariat. NVIH-OOC. Frederiksplein 14. 
1017 XM. Amsterdam. Netherlands: ph: 
234596/231192 International Co-ordination & Informa- 
tion Centre on Religion. POBoxl. Cork. Ireland: ph: 
021-505394 

ZLigo de Samseksamaj Geesperantistoj (LSG), gay Es- 
peranto organization. lOOCrerarAve. Ottawa. ON 
K1Z 7P2. 

~Ntw Democratic Party Gay Caucus, Box 792. Stn F. 
Toronto. ON M4Y 2N7 

bisection on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Psychology, c/o 
Gary McDonald. Dept ot Psychology. U of Windsor. 
N9A 3P4 

^Women's Archives, Box 928, Stn Q, Toronto, ON 
M4T2P1. 

NEWFOUNDLAND 

Provincial 

ZGay Association in Newfoundland (GAIN), PO Box 

1364. Stn C. SlJohn's. A1C 5N5. 

NOVA SCOTIA 

Halifax 

Z The Atternate Bookshop, 1588 Barrington St. 2nd lloor 
Mailing address: Box 276. Stn M. B3J 2N7. (902) 
423-3830 II busy 422-4545 
i: Gay A lliance lor Equality Inc(GAE), Box 3611. Halifax 
South Postal Stn. 83J 3K6 (902) 429-4294. 
r Gay Artists Musicians Entertainers Society (GAMES) of 
Atlantic Canada. Box 3611. South Sin. B3J 3K6 
ZGayline. (902) 429-6969. Mon-Wed. 7-9pm. Thurs- 
Sat. 7-10 pm Info, referrals and peer counselling. Oper- 
ated by GAE 

Gay Youth Society of Halifax. For info, call Gayline or 
422-4545 (Mon) 

'ZLesbian Drop-In, 2nd and 4th Fnot month, 1225 Bar- 
rington St Info 429-4063 Music and conversation 
ZSparrow, (Gay Christians). Box 3611. South Postal Stn. 
B3J 3K6 Meets Sun at 8 pm. 2435 Brunswick St Col- 
leehouse every Sun at The Turret. 9 pm -1 am Call Gay- 
line or The Turret lor into 

r The Turret Gay Community Centre, 1588 Barrington SI 
(902)423-6814 Mailing address Box 3611. Hatilax 
South Postal Stn. B3J 3K6 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

Fredericton 

Jredericton Lesbians and Gays (FLAG), (506) 
457-2156 Meets 2nd Wed ol month 

Moncton 

^Metropolitan Community Church, c/o Box 2362, Stn A. 
Etc 8J3 

Western NB 

^Northern Lambda Nord, Box 990. Caribou. Maine 
04736 USA Serving Western NB and Northern Maine 
(Madawaska/Victoria/Carllon. NB: Timiscouata. 
Quebec: and Aroostook. Maine) (207)496-0188. 



QUEBEC 



Hull 

Association Gaie de rOuest Ouibicois (AGOG), CP 

1215 Succ B. J8X 3X7 (819) 778-1737 

Montreal 

Alpha Kira Fraternity, CP 153, Succ Victoria, H3Z 2V5 
Association pour les droits de la communauti gale du 
Ouibec (ADGQ). CP36. Succ C. H2L 4J7 Bureau 263 
est rue SamteCatherine. 2eetage (514)843-8671 
IThe Capables, Box 966. SuccH. H3G2M9 (514) 
486-4404 Support group lor bisexual men 

Comite de soutien aux accusis de Truxx, a/s Librarie 
L Androgyne (see below) 



ZDignity/ Montreal, Newman Centre. 3484 rue Peel. 

H3A 1W8- (514)392-6711. 

Z Eglise Communautaire de Montreal, Montreal Commu- 
nityChurch. CP610. SuccNDC. H4A 3RI (514) 
489-7845. 

~ Federation canadienne des transsexuels, 16 rue Viau. 
VaudreuilJ7V 1A7 

ZFemmes gales i I'ecoute. (514) 843-5661. 
—Gay Health Clinic. Montreal Youth Clinic/Clinique des 
Jeunes de Montreal. 3465 Peel Street. H3A 1X1. (514) 
842-8576 General practice. Mon-Fri. 9-5 pm: open until 
8 pm Mon & Fri only. Closed daily 12:30- 1 :30 pm. 
ZGaylnfo, CP610. SuccNDG. H4A 3R1. (514) 
486-4404. ThursandFri, 7-11 pm Recorded message 
other times. 

r Gayline, (514) 931-5330 (women). 931-8668 (men). 7 
days a week. 7-11 pm. 

DGay Social Services Project, 5 rue Weredale Pk, West- 
mount H3Z 1Y5 (514)937-9581. 
OIntegrity: Gay Anglicans and their friends, c/o 305 ave- 
nue Willibrord. Verdun H4G 2T7 (514) 766-9623. 
CLambda Youth, c/o The Yellow Door. 3625 Aylmer. 
H2X 2C3 Meets Fri eve. 

OLesbian and Gay Friends of Concordia, c/o CUSA, Con- 
cordia University. 1455 boul de Maisonneuve ouest. 
H3G 1M8. (514)879-8406. Oltice: room 307. 2070 
MacKay. open 1-4 pm weekdays. Meetings Thurs al 4 pm 
in room H-333-6. 

aUbrairie I Androgyne, 3642 boul St Laurent. H2X 2V4. 
(514)842-4765. 

aUgue Lambda Inc. CP 701. Succ N. H2X 2N5. Into: 
(514)843-5889 

HNaches: Montreal's Gay Jewish Group. (514) 
488-0849. 

aParents of Days, a/s CP 153, Succ Victoria. H32 2V5. 
(514)486-4404. 

aProductions88, CP 188, SuccC. H2L 4K1. Television 
programme Cote a cote. Mon 10 pm and Thurs 1 1 pm, 
Channel 9 Radio program on CIBL-FM. 104.5 MHz. Wed 
7:30 pm and on CINQ-FM. 102.3MHz. Thurs 10am. 
□ta Rumeur des Berdaches, radio programme. Mon 
20h. CIBL-mt, 104.5. CP36. SuccC. H2L 4J7 (514) 
843-8671 or 526- 1489 

ClTravesties a Montrial, social support tor transvestiles. 
CP 153. Succ Victoria. H3Z 2V5. (514) 486-4404 (Thurs 
and Fri only). 

Quebec 

OGroupe gai de r University Laval (GGUL), CP2500. Pa- 
vilion Lemieux. Cite universitaire, Ste-Foy. G1K 7P4. 
= Le Groupe Unigailnc. CP 152. Succ Haute- Ville 
G1R 4P3 Social and cultural activities for men and 
women (418)522-2555. 

□i 'Heure Gale. Pavilion De Koninck, Citi Universitaire, 
Sainte-Foy Radio program CKRL-FM. 89. 1 MHz. Thurs 
7 pm. 

ZJiligai. (418)522-2555. Gay info. Mon-Fri. 7-11 pm. 
Recorded message other limes 




The Festival 

June 2&July 5 

The Confefence 

July1^uly5 



For more information: 

Toronto Gay Community Council 

730 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4 



Sherbrooke 

L 'A ssociation pour I 'epanouissement de la communau- 
ti gale de I'Estrie (ACGE). CP 1374. JIH 5L9 



ONTARIO 
Provincial 

r Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario (CGRO). Box 822. 

Stn A. Toronto M5W 1G3. (416)533-6824. 

Ear Falls/ Red Lake Area 

DEar Falls Gays, PO Box 487. Ear Falls. P0V1T0. (807) 
222-2185 



Georgetown 



OGeorgetown Gay Friends, Box223, L7G 4T1. (416) 

877-0228 

OHomophiles ol Halton Hills (HHH). 35 Lynden Circle. 

L7G 4Y7 (416)877-5524. Drop-ins every Wed. 

Guelph 

OGuelph Gay Equality, Box 773, N1H 6L8. Gayline: 
(519) 836-4550. 24 hrs. 

Hamilton 

OGay Archives/ History Project for Hamilton-Wentworth 
(GAHP). (416)639-6050. Looking lor photos, clippings, 
correspondence, personal accounts about gay life and lib- 
eration in Hamilton, especially pre-1979. 
UGay Fathers of Hamilton. Support, advice. Meets twice 
a month. Call Gayline lor info. 
OGayline Hamilton, into on all groups and activities, peer 
counselling. (416) 523-7055 Wed through Sat. 7-11 pm. 
OHamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS), a meeting ol 
men and women, young and old. with discussions and 
speakers Meets on alternate Weds. Gay Community Cen- 
tre. Suite 207 41 King William St. 7:30 pm. Call Gayline 
tor further info. 

dAddress lor all Hamilton groups listed above: Box 44. 
Sin B. L8L 7T5. 

OMetropolitan Community Church, PO Box 344, Stn A, 
LBN 3C8. Call Gayline for info. 

Kitchener/Waterloo 

OGay Liberation of Waterloo (GLOW), c/o Federation of 
Students. Uol Waterloo. Waterloo N2L 3G1. (519) 
884-GLOW. Coffeehouse every Wed at 8:30 pm, Campus 
Ctr. rm 1 10 

OGay News and Views, radio programme, Tues, 6-8 pm, 
CKMS-FM. 94.5 MHz. 105. 7 MHz on Grand River Cable. 
200 University Ave W. (519) 886-CKMS. 
OGays ol Wilfrid Laurier University, c/o GLOW. 
HKitchener-Waterloo Gay Media Collective, Box 274 1 . 
Stn B. Kitchener. N2H 6N3. (519) 579-3325. 
OLeaping Lesbians, radio programme. Thurs. 6 to 8 pm. 
CKMS-FM. 94.5 MHz. 105. 7 MHz cable. Write c/o 
LOOK 

OLesbian Organization of Kitchener (LOOK), Box 2422. 
Sin B. Kitchener N2H 6M3. (519) 744-4863. Womyns 
colleehouse first Thurs ol month at 4 1 Margaret Ave, Kit- 
chener 

London 

' iGay Youth London, c/o HALO. Meets Thurs at 7 pm. 
2nd floor. 649 Colborne SI. (519) 433-3762. 
iJGayline, (5 19) 679-6423. Info 24 hrs/day. Peer coun- 
selling Mon and Thurs. 7-10 pm. 
]Homophile Association of London, Ontario (HALO), 649 
Colborne St. N6A 3Z2. (519)433-3762. Coffee House: 
Sun and Mon. 7-10 pm. Disco/Bar: Fri and Sal. 9 pm 
-1:30 am. 

1 iMetropolitan Community Church, Box 4724, Stn D, 
N5W 5L7 Services Sun. 7:30 pm al Unitarian Church. 29 
Victoria SI W, north entrance to Gibbons Park. Into: Wor- 
ship Coordinator. (519) 433-9939 Rides: (519) 
432-9690 

Mississauga/ Brampton 

[3GEM: Gay Community Outreach, Box 62, Brampton 

L6V 2K7 

OGayline West, (416)453-GGC0. Peer counselling. 

Niagara Region 

UGayline. (416) 354-3173. 
OGay Unity Niagara, Box 692, Niagara Falls L2E 61/5. 
f \Gay Trails, lor lesbians and gay men who enjoy hiking. 
Day and overnight trips planned. Visitors welcome. Write 
Gay Trails. Box 1053, Mam PO. St Catharines, L2R 7 A3, 
or call (416) 685-6431 belore9 am. 

North Bay 

' Waring Homosexuals Association of North Bay 
(CHANB). Box 649 Callander POH IHO. (705)476-3080. 

Ottawa 

Dignity/ Ottawa/ Dignity, Box 2102. SinD. K1P5W3. 

Gay People at Carleton. c/o CUSA. Carleton University 
For more info, call (613) 237- 1717 

Gays of Ottawa/Gals de t'Outaouais, Box 2919 Stn D. 
KIP 5W9 GO Centre. 175 Lisgar St: open 7:30-10:30 
pm Mon-Thurs. Thurs: lesbian drop-in. 8 pm: Fri: social. 



7:30 - 1 am: Sal: women's night. 7:30pm - 1 am: Sun: 
AA Live & Let Live group. 8 pm. Gayline: (613) 238-1717 
Mon-Fn 7:30-10:30 pm. recording other times. Office: 
(613)233-0152. 

OGay Youth Ottawa/ Hull/ Jeunesse Gai(e) d 'Ottawa/- 
Hull. For into call or write Gays ol Ottawa. Meeting/drop- 
in. Wed 8 pm. 175 Lisgar St. 

OIntegrity/ Ottawa, (gay Anglicans and their friends) c/o 
St George s Anglican Church. 152 Metcalle St. K2P 1N9. 
(613)235-2516. 9-5. Mon-Fn. Meets 2nd and. 4th Weds 
at 7:30 pm. at St George's 

OLesbiennes et gals du campus/ Lesbians and Gays on 
Campus, c/o SFUO. 85 rue Hasley Street. KIN 6A/5 
OParents of Gays. Box 9094. K1G 3T8. 

Peterborough 

OGays of Trent and Peterborough. 262 Rubidge St, 
K9J 3P2. (705) 742-6229 

Sudbury 

OSudbury Lesbians and Gays (SLAG). Box 395. Stn B. 
P3E4P6. (705)675-5711. 

Thunder Bay 

ONorthern Women's Centre, 316BaySt. P7B 1S1. 
(807) 345-7802. 

OGays of Thunder Bay (GTB), Box 2155, P7B 5E8. (807) 
345-8011. Wed and Fri 7:30-9:30 pm. Recording other 
times. Meets Tues. Dances held monthly 

Toronto 

For information on groups in Toronto, check the Commu- 
nity section in Out in The City. 

Windsor 

OGay/Lesbian Information Line, Box 7002, Sandwich 
Postal Stn. N9C 3YC. (519)973-4957 
OIntegrity, (gay/lesbian Anglicans), c/o Box 7002, 
Sandwich Postal Stn. N9C 3Y6. (519) 973-4957 
OLesbian and Gay Students on Campus (LGSC). c/o 
Students' Activities Council, U of Windsor. (519) 
973-4957. Rap sessions weekly 
OLesbian/Gay Youth Group, c/o Box 7002. Sandwich 
Postal Stn. N9C 3Y6. (519) 973-4957 

MANITOBA 

Provincial 

OManitoba Gay Coalition. Box 27. UMSU, University of 
Manitoba. Winnipeg R3T 2N2. (204) 269-8678. 

Brandon 

OGay Friends of Brandon, Box 492. R7A 5Z4. (204) 
727-4046. 

Thompson 

OGay Friends of Thompson, Box 151 R8N 1N2. (204) 
677-5833 (8- 10 pm. Tues and Thurs). 

Winnipeg 

OCouncil on Homosexuality and Religion, Box 1912. 
R3C 3R2. (204)269-8678. 772-8215. Worship, counsel- 
ling, library 

ODignity/Winnipeg, Box 1912. R3C3R2. 
OGayAA New Freedom Group. Box2481. orcontact 
through Manitoba Central Otiice. (204) 233-3508. 
OGay AlAnon Group. Info: (204) 269-8678. 
OGay Community Centre, 277 Sherbrooke St. (204) 
786- 1236. Incorporating Giovanni's Room, a cafe lor les- 
bians and gay men. Open every day at 5:30 pm. Sun al 
1 pm. Fully licensed. 

OGays for Equality, Box 27 UMSU. Uol Manitoba. 
R3T 2N2. (204) 269-8678. 
OLesbian Drop-In, Thurs. 7-10 pm at 730 Alexander 
Ave. Entertainment & coffee. 
OOscar Wilde Memorial Society. Box 2221. R3C 3R5. 
Variety ol social, cultural and educational activities. 
OProject Lambda, Inc, gay community services. Box 
3911. Sin B.R2W5H9 

OWinnipeg Gay Media Collective. Box 27 UMSU. Uol 
Manitoba. R3T 2N2. (204)269-8678. Produces "Coming 
Out, ' ' weekly halt-hour cable cast (Thurs. 1 1 pm. Chan- 
nel 13W). 

OWinnipeg Gay Youth, Box 27 UMSU. Uol Manitoba, 
R3T 2N2. (204) 269-8678. 

OUniversity of Winnipeg Gay Students Association. Info: 
(204) 269-8678 

OThe Women'sLine. (204) 774-0007. Thurs, 7:30-10 
pm. 



SASKATCHEWAN 



Provincial 

ODignity/ Saskatchewan (gay Catholics and friends). 

Box 3181. ReginaS4P3G7 

OGay Rights Subcommittee, Saskatchewan Association 

tor Human Rights, 305- 1 16 3rd Ave S, Saskatoon. 

S7K 1L5. (306) 244-1933. 

OLesbian and Gay Saskatchewan, Box 7508, Saskatoon 

S7K 4L4. 

Battleford 

OBaltfelord Gay Community, c/o Box 401, Saskatoon. 
S7K 3L3. 

Carrot River 

t \Carrot River Gays, c/oBox401. Saskatoon. S7K3L3. 



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MAY 1982 



Prince Albert 

OPrince Albert Gay Community Centre, (The Zodiac 
Club). Box 1893. S6V 6J9- 1-24 WW St. E. (306) 
922-4650. PtJoneline Wed-Thurs. 8-10 pm. social eve- 
nings Fn-Sat, I0pm-2am. 

Regina 

ORumours (gay community centre), 2069 Broad St (back 

entrance). (306)522-7343. 

nRegina Women 's Community and Rape Crisis Centre. 

219-1810 Smit/l St. S4P 2N3. (306) 522-2777. 
352-7688. 

Saskatoon 

aGay & Lesbian Support Services, 217- 1 16 3rd Ave S. 

Operates Gayline. Mailing address: Box 858 1 . 

OGay Community Centre, Box 1662. S7K 3R8. 245-3rd 

Ave S. (306) 652-0972. 

OGayline, (306)665-9129 Mon-Ttiurs, 7:30-10:30 pm. 

Counselling, support groups available. 

DLutherans Concerned. Box 8187 S7K 605. 

astubble Jumper Press, 21-303 Queen St. S7K 0M1. 

West Central Region 

aWest Central Gays, c/o Box 401. Saslotoon S7K 3L3 

ALBERTA 

Provincial 

I iAIberta Lesbian and Gay Rights Association (ALGRA). 

Box 1852. Edmonton T5J 292. 

Calgary 

; Calgary Camp 181 Association, Box 965. Stn T, 

T2H 2H4. Dances, campouts. sports and ottier activities 

tor lesbians and gays. 

DCalgary Gay Fathers, Call or write GIRO lor info. 

ODignity/ Calgary. Box 1492. Stn l T2H 2H7 

OGay Information and Resources Calgary (GIRC), Old Y 

BIdg. Stes 317-323. 223 12AveSW. T2P 0G9 (403) 

234-8973. Into and counselling Mon-Fri. 7-10 pm. 

Dances, discussion groups, newsletter, gay rights action. 

Mailing address. Box 2715. StnM. T2P3C1. 

DIntegrity: Gay Anglicans and their friends, c/o Box 34. 

StnG. T3A2G1. 

DLesbians and Gays at University of Calgary, Students 

Club. MacEwanHall. U of Calgary. T2N 1N4. 

ZMetropolitan Community Church, 204-16 Ave. NW. 

T2M 0H4 (403)277-4004. Services Sun 11:30amand 

7 pm at above address. 

^Right To Privacy Committee, Box 2943, Stn M, 

T2P 3C3. Info on gays and the law, legal referrals. 

Edmonton 

DDignity Edmonton Digniti, PC Box 53. T5B 2B7. 

^Edmonton Roughnecks Recreation Association, (403) 
488-7981. Volleyball. Softball, gymnastics - glee club 
anyone'^ 

OGay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE), Box 1852. 
T5J 2P2. Office: 10173-104 St. (403) 424-8361. Into 
and counselling. Mon-Sat. 710 pm. Sun 2-5 pm. Also 
coffeehouses, socials, newsletter, resource library. 

ZGay Fathers & Lesbian Mothers. For info calf (403) 
424-8361 

^Metropolitan Community Church of Edmonton. PC Box 
1312. T5J 2M8. (403)482-4213. Worship Sun at 7:30 
pm. Unitarian Church. 12530-110 Ave. 
Privacy Defence Committee, c/o Box 1852. T5J 2P2. 
Womonspace, No 1. 8406-104 St. T6E 4G2. (403) 
433-9344 (Jeanne). Social & recreational group for les- 
bians. 

Red Deer 

Gay Association of Red Deer (GARD), Box 356. 
UH 5E9 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Provincial 

[ Gays and Lesbians in the United Church in BC. Box 

46586. Sin G. Vancouver V6f1 4G8. Support group and 
educational resources. 

Kamloops 

Thompson Area Gay Group (TAGG). Box 3343. 
V2C 6B9 welcomes women and men to regular meetings, 
discussions, social events Into, newsletter peer sup- 
port, friendship. 

Kelowna 

Managan Gay Organization. Box 1165. Sin A. Kelowna 
VI Y 7P8 Mutual support The group can be contacted 
directly by phone through the Kelowna Crisis Centre 

Prince Rupert 

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>1 game of legal legerdemain!! 
Costs only $80,000!! (so far...) 
Takes years to play!! 



START 



November 1971: 

Form a collective to publish a gay 

liberation magazine — any number 

can play! 

July 1975: 

Incorporate as Pink Triangle 

Press. Choose three players to serve 

as nominal directors. 

Publish 38 issues through 
October 1977. 




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Nov 21, 1977: 

Publish Issue 39, 

a review of the major 

themes of the year. 

Include an article on 

Anita Bryant's 

favourite subject. 

Call it "Men Loving 

Boys Loving Men" 



Dec 22-27, 1977: 

Toronto Sun colum- 
nist and notorious 
homophobe Claire 
Hoy attacks you for 
"promoting child 
abuse." The Sun 
editorializes against 
you. 



Dec 27, 1977: 

Get nervous! 

(but give 'em hell) 

Issue a press release 

denying Hoy's charges 

and defending your right 

to discuss controversial 

issues. Hire the city's 

best civil rights lawyer. 



46/THE BODY POLITIC 




Apr 24, 1978: 

The police give you 

permission to copy 

your material at their 

office — for a fee. 



Mar 23, 1978: 

The Body Politic 

Free the Press Fund 

holds a demo at 

McMurtry's office, 

demanding return of 

the materials. 

(Somehow, it doesn't 

work.) 



Dec 30, 1977: 

The five cops from 
Operation P(the 
joint provincial/mun- 
icipal police porn 
squad) carry off 12 
cartons of business 

records, manu- 
scripts and subscrip- 
tion lists. 
Send off one player 
to get it all back. 



Feb 21, 1978: 

Lawyer says the warrant 

used to seach your 

office was so broady 

worded the cops could 

have taken everything. 

Send one player off to 

challenge the legality 

of the warrant. 



Mar 15, 1978: 

A County Court 
judge rules that the 
warrant was legal. 



YOU 
LOSE! 

You appeal to a 
higher court. 



Apr 14, 1978: 

The Ontario Court of 
Appeal upholds the 
County Court ruling. 

YOU 
LOSE! 

You seek leave to 

appeal to the 

SUPREME COURT 

OF CANADA. 



June 5, 1978: 

The Supreme Court 

refuses to hear the 

case. 

YOU 
LOSE! 



DEAD END 

Proceed to July 12, 1978 



July 18, 1978: ■ 
Appointment with \ 
destiny: 

A date for trial is set: 
January 2, 1979. Start 
looking for witnesses. 



July 12, 1978: 
Church and State 
dig for witnesses: 

Anti-porn priest Brad 

Massman asks MCC 

pastor Brent 

Hawkes to testify 

against you. He 

refuses. 



$ 



Feb 4, 1978: 

Supporters donate 

more than $10,000 in 

just one month. 



Feb 3, 1978: 

Alive & Kicking! 

You publish Issue 40 

— 3 weeks late. The 

Fund holds a benefit 

showing of Word 

Is Out. 



Jan 24-27, 1978: 

In San Francisco, 
Harvey Milk calls for 
a tourist boycott of 

English Canada; 
supporters demon- 
strate at Canada 
House in London. 



Jan 14, 1978: 

Anita Bryant comes 
to town; community 

demonstrates 

against her — and in 

support of your right 

to publish. 



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Dec 31, 1977: 

Hold a press conference 

with lawyer Clayton 
Ruby denouncing raid as 
an attack on freedom of 

the press and an at- 
tempt to intimidate the 
gay community. 



Jan 1-4, 1978: 
Get support! 

GATE Vancouver 
becomes the first group 
to demonstrate against 
the raid. Other groups 
and public figures pro- 
test as well. 



Jan 5, 1978: 

The Press and its 
directors (you 3 
lucky players!) are 
charged under Sec 
164 of the Criminal 
Code (mailing "inde- 
cent, immoral or 
scurrilous" 
material). 



$Jan 4, 1978: 
Get money! 
Form The Body 
Politic Free the 
Press Fund; 
send a letter to your 
subscribers and friends 
seeking support. 



MAY 1982 




$ Aug 26, 1978: 
The Fund has col- 
lected $24,000 — 
and spent $15,000. 

Witnesses: You get sexolo- 
gist John Money, journalist 
June Callwood; they get ho- 
Tiophobe Hoy & fundamen- 
talist Ken Campbell. 



...copies of The Joy of Gay 
Sex and The Joy of Les- 
bian Sex — held for 8 
months, 




though 
never 
under 

charge. 



Jan 2, 1979: Trial begins 
before Provincial Court 
Judge Sydney Harris. 



TRIAL 



May 31, 1982: 

Retrial begins. You've got 

your community and your 

witnesses behind you — 

but what about the judge? 



Jan 3, 1979: 

Local artists perform at a 
benefit for you; Toronto 

Mayor John Sewell 

speaks in defence of the 

gay community. The 

media go crazy. 

Jan 2-8, 1979: 

In six days of testimony, 

the Crown presents 

none of the seized 

material — 
except one copy 

of Issue 39 
— as evidence. 



Feb 14, 1979: Judge 
Harris delivers his 
verdict: NOT GUILTY! 



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Dec 21, 1981: 

Re-appointment with 

destiny: 

Date for retrial is set: 
May 31, 1982. 



Dec 31, 1981: 

Fund has raised $67,800 

— spent $56,000. Relax? 

Well, you'll need $18,000 

more to cover retrial.. 




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Oct 6, 1981: 
Word from the top: 

NO! 

The Supreme Court 

refuses to hear your 

case. 



June 15, 1981: 

Three Supreme 
Court justices, 
including Chief 
Justice Bora Laskin, 
hear your applica- 
tion. They reserve 
judgment. You hold 
your breath. 




Feb 19, 1979: 

You serve notice of 
intent to sue, but 
get nasty reac- 
tions from the 
media and your 
community. You 
cool off and let the 
idea die.... 



•^^''*'^'"^' Feb 15, 1979: 
The Toronto Star reports your acquittal in a 
front-page story with a misleading headline 
(You say it means "Now kiss our ungrateful 

bums. Body Politic says"). 
Send one player off to scream at the editor. 



Feb 16, 1979: 
Get litigious! 

The Sfar prints a tiny 

correction — and an 

editorial based on their 

own false story, calling 

you "truculent" and 

"provocative." You 

decide to sue. 



BUT... 

Mar 6, 1979: 
The Crown appeals: 

Attorney General 
McMurtry, citing "errors 

of law" in decision, 

seeks to overturn your 

acquittal. 



Apr 11, 1979: 
Finders keepers: 

Despite your 
acquittal, the Crown 

refuses to 

return the material; 

they say they'll need it 

for the retrial.... 



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Mar 15, 1982: 

County Court grants the 

Crown their appeal, 

letting them hold onto 

the material. 



YOU 
LOSE! 



Feb 2, 1982: 
Finally... 

County Court hears the 
Crown's appeal of 
Judge Harris's deci- 
sion. (You wonder why 
they could still want all 
that old stuff.) 



^^0C^^>j 



BUT... 

Jan 21, 1980: 

The Crown announces 

it will appeal Judge 

Harris's decision — 

and until the appeal is 

heard, they'll keep the 

stuff. 



Mar 16, 1982: 

Gather all players for 

consultation. 

Discuss whether to 

proceed any further 

with court action to 

get materials back. 

With a retrial date 

already set, you 

speculate you won't 

have much luck. You 

decide not to. 



DEAD END 

Proceed to retrial 



Special dice (well, one die) 
included. Remember: you can only 
move one step 
at a time... 




Apr 1,1981: 
Off to Ottawa: 

You decide to seek 

leave to appeal to 

the Supreme Court. 



Mar 26, 1981: 

Gather all players for 

consultation: 

Deliberate on whether to 
try to appeal the Court of 

Appeal decision to 

— trumpet fanfare here — 

THE SUPREME COURT 

OF CANADA! 



Mar 25, 1981: 

The Ontario Court of 

Appeal upholds the 

County Court decision. 

Which means: 

YOU 
LOSE! 



Mar 4, 1981: 

The Ontario Court of 
Appeal hears your appeal 
of the County Court deci- 
sion granting the Crown's 
appeal (still with us?) of 
your acquittal. 



Oct 26, 1979: 

Judge Harris (acting 

as a Justice of the 

Peace) hears your 

application for a 

court order forcing 

the Crown to return 

your records. 



Dec 27, 1979: 

Judge Harris 

orders the 

Crown to return 

all the 

materials 

— and to pay 

your court 

costs! 



DEAD END 

Proceed to Mar 25, 1981 



Mar 4, 1981: 

The Court rejects 
your arguments — 
and makes you pay 

the Sun's and the 
Crown's costs! 

YOU LOSE! 



Mar 4, 1981: 

The Court of Appeal 

hears your case. The 

Crown attorney says 

you are tjeing 

contemptuous.... 



Mar 3, 1981: 

You see the article 
as an attempt to 
influence justice. 

Send off one player 

to have McMurtry 

and the Sun cited for 

contempt of court. 



SUN 



$ 



Mar 31, 1979: 

The Fund has collected 

$32,000 — but spent 

$33,500. 

PANIC! 



Mar 3, 1981: 
Loose talk: 

McMurtry says in the 
Toronto Sun that gay 
leaders are "t>ent on 

confrontation." He means 
you: he mentions "Men 

Loving Boys Loving Men." 




Feb 6, 1980: 

Fund gets 800 signa- 
tures and $9,500 for 
a huge ad in the 
Globe and Mail 
urging McMurtry to 
drop his appeal. 



Feb 7-8, 1980: 

County Court hears 
Crown appeal of 
your acquittal. The 
Canadian Civil Liber- 
ties Association 
speaks on your 
behalf, claiming that 
Sec 164 violates 
the Bill of Rights. 



Very pretty, but.. 



Mar 7, 1980: 

County Court agrees 
with the Crown, over- 
turns your acquittal 
and orders a new 
trial. In other words: 

YOU 
LOSE! 



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Mar 7, 1980: 

You can play this 

game, too: 

You appeal the 
County Court deci- 
sion to the Ontario 
Court of Appeals. 



$ 



Dec 31, 1980: 

The Fund has raised 

$53,600 — spent 

$46,000. 

RELAX. 



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