(CONFERENCE, from page 3)
Following the concert, there will be
two dances, one with rock and new wave
music and the other with folk music.
Sunday morning there will be time for
workshops or caucuses and a religious
service. Black lesbian writer Barbara
Smith will present the closing address.
Ms. Smith edited Home Girls and the antho
logy This Bridge Called My Back and
founded Kitchen Table Press. A closing
circle will follow her speech, and an
afternoon picnic is scheduled for Forest
Many other events have been suggested,
including a program of men's love songs
from the Renaissance, a women's literature
reading, a gay one-act play, and a sports
tournament. But volunteers are needed to
make them happen.
Organizers are raising funds locally in
a variety of ways. There will be a
benefit dance and prize drawing in mid-
March. And individuals and businesses are
invited to make a tax-deductible contribu
tion to the 10th Southeastern Conference,
which is operating under the Southeastern
Conference for Lesbians and Gay Men, Inc.,
a non-profit, tax exempt educational
corporation chartered in Alabama.
The Conference has received a grant
from the Chicago Resource Center, some of
which will be used as seed money for the
Planners are asking for volunteers to
help them with the logistics of publicity,
concert staging, housing, food, transpor
tation, and fundraising. New volunteers
are welcome at the next meetings of the
Steering Committee: Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. in
the Senate Room of the Student Center at
N.C. State University, and March 16 at 1
p.m. in the Carolina Union at UNC-CH.
Pre-registration forms will be avail
able in the first week of March.
To volunteer or for more information,
call or write:
10th Southeastern Conference
P.O. Box 344
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0344
News summarized from Gay Community News
The New Hampshire state legislature is
considering a bill which would make it a
felony for a "homosexual" to donate blood
in the state. The bill has been reported
out of the House Judiciary Committee with
the unanimous recommendation that it be
Opposition to the bill included the
administrator of the N.H. Red Cross who
said the soon-to-be-implemented HTLV-III
antibody test was adequate to safeguard
the blood supply.
APUZZO RESIGNS NGTF POST
Virginia Apuzzo, executive director of
the National Gay Task Force, will leave
her post on March 18 to become deputy
director of the New York State Consumer
Protection Board in Albany, NY.
The articulate and charismatic Apuzzo
strengthened NGTF during a divisive time
and represented the gay and lesbian com-
munty nationwide. She arranged two meet
ings with the Reagan administration to
lobby for more AIDS funding, and encour
aged gay men and lesbians to combat other
kinds of societal oppressions besides
homophobia, especially racism and sexism.
Jeff Levi will assume acting director
ship until a successor is found.
(Congratulations on your new post,
Ginny, but we'll miss you.)
The University of California has agreed
to prevent private employers who discrimi
nate on the basis of sexual orientation
from using campus placement facilities.
The action came at the urging of the
lesbian/gay campus network and was based
on the 1979 Ca. Supreme Court ruling in
Gay Law Students Assoc, v. Pacific Tele
phone & Telegraph who determined that such
discrimination violated the California
Discrimination by employers using the
University placement centers was docu
mented by a survey of students and by
written admission of several employers.
NATIONAL CONFAB ON RACISM
The National Association of Black &
White Men Together (BWMT) will hold its
1985 convention July 15-20 in Los Angeles.
The theme is "Brotherhood: The Issues,
the Challenges...A Focus on Racism."