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Vol. 11, Number 1
Gay Awareness Week — Fall 1984
Gay Awareness Week, scheduled for the
week of Nov. 26 to Dec. 1, is^still in the
planning stages. Traditional events will
include Blue Jeans Day on Friday the 30th,
with a big ”Be There!" dance that
evening.
Other events in the works include: an
exhibition of art works by gay artists; a
presentation by Rev. June Norris of St.
Johns’s MCC; a film (stay tuned for
details); and maybe a drama production
(we're hoping for Genet’s "The Maids").
We are also hoping to have live enter
tainment in conjunction with an area
restaurant. We also will have a table in
the Pit throughout the week. Various
other consciousness-raising events will be
scheduled in weeks to come, so keep in
touch.
We need your help! Come by the office
or see Monty or Richard if you’d like to
lend a hand. If you are an artist and
would like to have your work included in
the exhibit, please contact us
immediately.
-Richard
Hodges Speaks at UNC
Computers and Gay Politics
On Oct. 31 Andrew Hodges, a British
mathematician and gay activist, will make
two appearances at UNC-CH, the first stop
in a month-long speaking tour of the U.S.
In the afternoon, the Mathematics and
Computer Science departments will sponsor
his lecture on "Alan Turing and the Idea
of Artificial Intelligence," celebrating
the remarkable contributions Turing made
in the development of computers. At press
time, details of this lecture were not yet
available.
That evening the CGA and the Triangle
Area Gay Scientists (TAGS) will sponsor
Hodges’ discussion of Turing’s entangle
ment with the anti-homosexual atmosphere
of England during the cold war and
Turing’s subsequent suicide. He will also
talk about the ironies of an individualist
crushed by a society he so critically
defended during World War II. This free
lecture will be held at 7:30pm in Gerrard
Hall on the UNC-CH campus.
(see HODGES on page 4)
October 1984
Anniversary Tales — Part One
CGA — First Three Years
CGA is the political child of the Duke
Gay Alliance and the Human Sexuality
Information and Counseling Service (HSICS)
at UNC-CH.
Beginning in 1972, several gay and
bisexual men, including Ned R., George M.
and myself, became involved in HSICS.
Over the next two years we came to realize
more and more that the counseling service
could only be of so much help to gay and
lesbian clients. We saw the need for a
campus gay organization that could be a
forum for personal growth and exploration.
Some of us had been attending Duke Gay
Alliance meetings and socials and realized
that such an organization was viable on
the Carolina campus.
In the spring of 1973, Mike G. and Jess
N. came to visit Chapel Hill when Mike was
preparing to start graduate school in
political science. We had lunch and
discussed the potential for a gay group at
UNC, since he had been involved in the gay
group at Rutgers. We had further coversa-
tions in the fall of 1973 and saw that we
had two areas of interest and perceived
needs; his were in political and mine was
in personal growth/consciousness raising
groups.
On February 6, 1974 a trial balloon
organization called the "Gay Awareness Rap
Group" held its first meeting at the
Newman Catholic Student Center.
These meetings continued every Monday
throughout that spring semester. Almost
all the people in attendance were men,
including Brad B., Richard 0. and Tom K.
Over the summer Hoagy G., Gary G., and
(see ANNIVERSARY on page 12)
    

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