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Volume 10, Number 4
G A W — 1984
Gay Visions of a New World
The straight and gay communities of
Chapel Hill should certainly be more
aware, and hopefully more understanding,
of gay and lesbian issues after CGA's Gay
Awareness Week (GAW) held during the first
week of April, The Week’s activities
included a film, workshops, lectures, and
a coffeehouse. The theme of this year’s
programs was "Gay Visions of a New World,"
and the week’s events, from painting
the cube on Monday to disco-ing on Friday
night, provided fulfilling experiences for
campus gays and hopefully enlighten
ing experiences for our heterosexual
friends.
Activities began on Monday, April 2,
with a coffeehouse in the Campus Y lounge.
Lightning Brown and Mark Evans read
poetry, and a monologue from the Harvey
Fiersteln’s Torch Song Trilogy was per
formed by Jim.
Tuesday’s events included a "coming
out" workshop led by Mark Evans and a
lecture entitled "Lesbian Issues" by Ms.
Lou Sawyer, a psychologist at the
Androgyny Center in Raleigh. Sawyer
discussed the universal needs and stages
of all relationships—lesbian, gay male,
and straight—and the kind of affirmation
lesbians and gays can find in supportive
relationships while living in an environ
ment that is often hostile.
Wednesday featured two additional
(see GAY AWARENESS, page 4)
April/May 1984
Lambda Wins Award
In its March 27 issue. The Front Page
awarded its 1983 Media Award for "Best Gay
Newsletter" to Lambda;
"Lambda, published by the Carolina Gay
Assocation of the University of North
Carolina. Despite a shoestring budget, a
sometimes hostile student government, and
a severe shortage of volunteer labor, this
informative newsletter gets better every
issue. Good coverage of news, local and
otherwise."
Thank you! (Beam! Beam! Blush! Blush!)
And now if you’d like to subscribe. . .
Coors At It Again
While the brewer of Coors beer is no
stranger to controversy, perhaps the
chairman should restrict his public com
ments to the art of making the brew.
The Wall Street Journal (03-08-84)
reports that William K.- Coors, chairman
and chief executive officer of the Adolph
Coors Company, recently told an audience
of minority businessmen in Denver that the
economic problems of black-governed Africa
have resulted from "a lack of intellectual
capacity," and added that "one of the best
things they (slave traders) did for you is
to drag your ancestors over here in
chains."
An ad hoc committee of black leaders
called the remarks "outrageous and appal
ling" and began considering a boycott of
Coors beer.
A Coors company spokesman also concedes
that some angry retailers have called
Coors distributors, ordering them to
remove "your racist beer from our
shelves."
The members of the Coors family have
long been a funder of conservative causes,
such as the Heritage Foundation. The
North Carolina Independent (03-16-84)
reports that the Coors Company was the
object of strikes and boycotts from 1966
to 1978 by Teamsters, Mexican-Americans,
blacks, women and gays because of discri
minatory hiring practices. The company
routinely used polygraphs to screen job
applicants based on responses to questions
about their sex life, drug use, and poli
tical ideas.
    

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