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    Orange Rape Crisis Center Expands
The Orange County Rape Crisis Center
has hired Linda Nettles as Community
Education and Outreach Coordinator, with
funds provided by a grant from the N.C.
Council on the Status of Women.
Ms. Nettles will be responsible for
continuing and expanding the Center’s
ongoing community education and outreach
programs. The goal of this year's project
is to bring useful information on sexual
assault prevention to as many people in
Orange County as possible, with particular
emphasis on three target groups: child
ren, minority women, and rural women.
Objectives include the development of
expanded outreach contacts, maintenance of
the Center's Outreach and Child Sexual
Abuse Prevention Committees, production of
community education tools, training and
coordinating the Center's pool of
speakers, and presentation of community
education programs.
For more information on Rape Crisis
Center programs or to become a Center
volunteer, call 968-4646 Monday-Friday.
GRNL’s Director on Speaking Tour
Between Jan. 12 and 23, Naricy Roth,
Executive Director of the Gay Rights
National Lobby, visited Albuquerque,
Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Los
Angeles in order to increase public aware
ness of legislative activities in Con
gress. Ms. Roth met with a variety of
organizations and individuals, both gay
and non-gay. Including GRNL Field Associ
ates and Board Members, business and
professional groups, community leaders,
members of the legal profession, health
workers, grassroots activists, political
office holders, religious groups, members
of the women's community, and of the gay
and non-gay media.
The major objective of her trip was to
give force to the GRNL philosophy of
creating coalitions among gay and non-gay
organizations and individuals, coalitions
of supporters that can be quickly mobil
ized to contact federal legislators, and
make them aware of the size and power of
the combined constituency th,at supports
our goals.
Another important mission was to
present to these various groups and
individuals an up-to-the-minute report on
federal legislation that affects gays, and
to suggest additional specific ways that
these groups and individuals can lend
support and give encouragement to activist
Heart Is Young and Gay
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Just Don’t Know Better.” “Torch Song."
which reflects his own progress from outra
geousness to insight in both his life and
writing, was first produced by Ellen Stewai:t
her La Mama theater. The lover who
^^ne night last week Johnny^Car^on
opened his monologue on "The To
night Show” by thanking "my producer and
lover.” Carson’s somewhat startling wise
crack referred to the recent telecast of
^Broadway’s Tony Awards, when a produc
er of Harvey Fierstein’s "Torch Song Trilo-
,” selected as best play of the season,
y\nked his coproducer, whom he also
citified as his lover. That moment, and
on’sjoking repriseof it. ratified the new
^sserti vencss of homosexuals in Amer^
pular culture. Fierstein’s fo’-
lilogy is an astonisl^ ^
off against his classic Jewish mother.
Fierstein doesn’t see his play as a political
statement about gays. "That’s not what 1
think about because I never look for any
one’s approval or permission,” he says. “I
just do what I want to do.” Still, "Torch
Song” has created controversy cvenj^ ^
homosexuals, some of whor*^
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C/4LL 962-1449
Carolina Union
Chapel Hill

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