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Volume 11, Number 2
Gay Awareness Week
Nov. 26 - 30
By the time this issue "hits the
streets," Gay Awareness Week will be
underway.
On Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. in the
Caroina Union, Elizabeth Gurley of Parents
& Friends of Lesbians and Gays will be
speaking on "Coming Out to Parents."
Anyone who attended the panel discussion
after the film "Word Is Out" in October
will remember Ms. Gurley for her humorous
and well-informed comments.
The major speaker for the week will be
Tom Chorlton of the National Association
of Gay and Lesbian Democratic Clubs.
Chorlton will be speaking on post-election
gay political strategies on Wednesday at
7:00 p.m. in Gerard Hall.
Other programs include presentations
and facilitated discussions by the North
Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project on
"Sex in the 80s," Rev. June Norris of St.
John's MMC on "Gays and the Gospel," the
Triangle Area Lesbian Feminists.
The social highlight of the week will
be Thursday evening with Charlie Cochran
at the Savoy Restaurant in University
Square. The door will open at 9:00, and
the cover charge will be donated to CGA.
Don’t forget the dance on Friday,
Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. in Craige dorm base
ment. A donation will be requested at the
door.
Event times and locations are listed on
the Calendar page of this issue.
-Richard
November/December 1984
Harassment on Campus
A Gay Catamount Speaks
Those of you who are attending UNC-CH
should consider yourselves extremely for
tunate. Not only are you attending one of
the finest schools in the state, but your
campus community is rather liberal towards
homosexuality compared to the campuses of
other schools in the state.
I was not so fortunate. After my
graduation from high school, I promptly
enrolled at Western Carolina University in
Cullowhee. I know what you're thinking.
How could Cullowhee be thought of as
liberal? Actually I didn't expect WCU to
be liberal, but after living for many
years in a small Western North Carolina
town, I looked forward to any college
campus as being more liberal than my
hometown.
At any rate, my life as a freshman at
WCU was not any better than it was as a
high school student. Secrecy and
unlimited discretion was the common prac
tice of the almost non-existent gay com
munity. There was no organization which
could come close to resembling the CGA. I
was one of the very few gays on campus who
was out of the closet.
Those of us who dared to be publicly
gay paid dearly for that openess. Member
ship in fraternities and other social
groups was, of course, out of the ques
tion. Public ridicule was extremely com
mon. I learned very early of the virtues
of eating my meals during uncommon hours
(see GAY CATAMOUNT on page 4)
Southeastern Conference Returns to its Roots
April 11-14, 1985
"The only annual regional gathering of
lesbians and gay men in the United
States." That's the way Virginia Apuzzo
of the National Gay Task Force character
izes the Southeastern Conference for
besbians and Gay Men, which will be
returning to Chapel Hill next spring. The
CGA will host the three-day confab which
planners hope will draw 800 people from
throughout the 14-state region.
The CGA last hosted the Conference in
1979, and 600 people attended.
The 1985 gathering will be the 10th
anniversary of the Conference, which began
in Chapel Hill in 1976. Entitled "Here
Today and Here to Stay!" the 1985
Conference will in part focus on affirming
our presence in the South and on our
determination to continue organizing for
(see CONFERENCE on page 2)
    

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