North Carolina Newspapers

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Volume 10, Number 3
March 1984
NCSU Hosts Statewide Conference
March 30 - April 1
The second annual North Carolina Gay/
Lesbian Conference will be held on the
campus of N.C. State University March 30 -
April 1, Organizers are planning for
lesbian comedienne and musician Robin
Tyler for a Saturday night concert and
former U.S. Representative Robert Baumann
(R-Md) as keynote speaker.
The conference theme is "Networking for
Community Support," and organizers have
planned speakers and workshops to explore
how to make the lesbian and gay communi
ties in the state more cohesive as well as
ways to achieve support from and alliances
with the larger community.
Baumann represented a conservative
district in Maryland’s eastern shore area
until he lost his bid for reelection in
1980. The previous summer Baumann was
accused of homosexual encounters; he later
admitted homosexual tendencies. He is
generally recognized as a conservative on
fiscal and foreign affairs and military
matters, as well as on social issues.
Baumann maintains close ties with Sen.
Jesse Helms (R-NC). He recently appeared
on ABC's "20/20" program and will appear
in May at a New York Parents of Gays
conference.
Tyler, from Los Angeles, has performed
and lectured throughout the country and
has been hailed as a relevant, outrageous
and uproariously funny comic. Of one of
her performances, the New Orleans
Times-Picayune, said, "She ripped into
most of our exploitative cultural myths;
racism, sexism, organized religion,
politics and covered numerous’ other bases.
Finally a woman had used humor as a
political tool, and through satire, a
weapon."
Planning is still underway for a variety
of workshop topics for the weekend.
Currently proposed topics include
political organizing, AIDS and other
health issues, re-evaluation counseling,
transcendental sex, operation of crisis
counseling, gay publishing, gay parents,
and parents of gays.
Workshop leaders will include gay his
torian John D'Emilio, author of Sexual
Politics, Sexual Communities and professor
of history at UNC-Greensboro, and Tom
Chorlton, executive director of the
National Association of Gay and Lesbian
Democratic Clubs. Larry Bush, author of
the Bush Report,, a monthly briefing on gay
(see NC CONFERENCE, p. 2)
BWMT’s Co-chair
Speaks in Chapel Hill
Melvin Ross, co-chair of Black and White
Men Together-Atlanta, will be CGA's guest
on Monday, Feb. 27. Ross will speak on
the topic "Building Coalition: the Gay
Community and Beyond."
Ross is a veteran gay activist and is a
member of the Atlanta Mayor's Advisory
Task Force and of the Atlanta Police
Advisory Task Force. He is also part of
the speakers bureau of AIDS/Atlanta.
In addition he serves on the executive
board of Gay Pride, the organizing com
mittee for Atlanta's annual celebration.
The Feb. 27 event will be held at 5:00pm
in Room 103 of Bingham Hall. [It was
previously scheduled to be in the Carolina
Union.] The speech is of course free and
open to the public.
Student Government
Passes Anti-discrimination
Resolution
The UNC-CH student government (Campus
Governing Council) approved a resolution
on Feb. 1, calling for a prohibition of
discrimination based on sexual orientation
by University recognized student groups.
But no further action has been taken on
the resolution since passage.
The resolution calls upon the Office of
Student Affairs to "amend their Anti-
Discrimination policy to require that
recognized orgnaizations include sexual
orientation in their Anti-Discrimination
charters,"
Carol Solow (District 2-graduate)
authored the resolution and along with
co-sponsprs Alan Rosen, Bill Barlow, and
(see RESOLUTION, p. 3)
    

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