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i (I 372 (g-iblina Gay*A§5ociatiori,I^w§lettei^ Vol. K% October 1982 Number 1 "chxistians for moral decency” GROUP PROTESTS PAGEANT (compiled from The Charlotte Observer and The Chapel Hill Newspaper) The 11th annual “Miss Gay America" pageant opened to an audience of about 1600 men and women in Charlotte on Saturday, Sep. 25, in Ovens Auditorium. The Charlotte Observer covered the event with two articles. The first, "Group to Photograph Gay Event*s Audi ence" by staff writer Linda Brown, appeared on Friday, Sep. 24, and the second, "New ’Miss Gay America' Chosen While 250 Protest in Charlotte" (Scott Flander and William Douglas, staff writers) made it to the front page of the "Carolina News" section, complete with two photographs, one on Monday, Sep. 27., showing the winner Jon Meadows of Nashville performing his talent act. Although the headlines em phasized the protest, the articles themselves seemed balanced. Two Charlotte-area ministers led the fight against the pageant: the Rev. Joseph Chambers of the Paw Creek Church of God and Rev. Larry Tate, pastor of the Harbor Baptist Church. Protestors, calling their group "Christians for Moral Decency," said they photographed persons attending the event "to expose people who support gays and reduce attendance at the event." Chambers, who held a press confer ence on Thursday before the event, saidj "There are many persons involved in people-caring professions who are ' also promoting homosexuality. We want to expose those persons before they do harm to people under their care." Chambers defined the people-caring pro fessions he is concerned about as min isters, teachers, day care workers, and club leaders. Although Chambers would not state what will be done with the photographs, he did add, "We're trying to find out who is what in Charlotte. We don't want our children exposed to this lifestyle." Homosexuality, in his opinion, "is an acquired and learned abnormality...weak effeminate fathers, dominating mothers, incest experiences, seduction by professional persons act ing in child care roles and many other similar experiences have left these persons confused." Rev. Gary Tate, Baptist minister and chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Moral Majority, stated, "I think it's a smear of Charlotte. We're going to make sure they don’t turn Charlotte into San Francisco." (The Chapel Hill Newspaper added here that San Francisco has a reputation for having a large homosexual community.) (continued on page 3) STATEWIDE CONFERENCE PLANNED Planning is underway for a statewide conference of lesbians and gay men next spring. Planners hope that the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Conference will become an annual meeting to unify the state's diverse gay community and share information among groups and be tween individuals. Last July, representatives from the CGA, the State Gay Community at N.C. State University, and Duke Gay & Les bian Alliance and some organizers of the 1981 gay pride march in Durham met to discuss the proposed conference. The group i\as met twice since to dis cuss conference theme and workshop ideas and to arrange logistics for the weekend conference slated for early March. One member of the group said the workshop topics will be diverse, with some sessions for people who may be dealing with issues of coming out and other groups for politically active and experienced people. Planning group members have been of diverse opinions on conference theme and have not chosen a focus yet. They are particularly (continued on page 7) ;( I il

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