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Volume 14, Number 4
April 1988
On Sunday, April 17, the UNC Student
Congress voted 5-16-2 to fund the Carolina
Gay & Lesbian Association (CGLA) with
$1,779 in student fees. Although this represents
a $345 cut in the CGLA's overall budget
request and a $298 decrease in the student fees
portion from last year, the cuts were due
mainly to fiscal concerns rather than
homophobic attitudes, as has been the case in
years past.
Because of a shortage in student fees
money, the Congress had to cut the requests of
almost every single group, not just the
CGLA. There were $350,000 in budget
requests from 34 student groups but only
$183,000 available to allocate. The money
shortage was due mainly to the defeat of a
student referendum in February to increase
student fees by $1.25 per semester.
CGLA's allocation was also $124 higher
than the recommendation of the Finance
Committee, reflecting a reinstatement of
CGLA's desire to have Lambda collated.
CGLA was one of only eight groups to receive
higher allocations than the Finance Committee
recommendation. Four groups were also
entirely defunded.
CGLA's original request from Student
Congress was $2,474, or 57% of the proposed
budget of $4,324. The actual allocation of
$1,779 is 44% of the approved budget of $3,979.
The primary cuts m CGLA's budget came
in a reduction of the speakers fees request and
an increase in the CGLA's burden of
fundraising and selling Lambda subscriptions.
see Funding page 3
The Eleventh Annual Lesbian and Gay
Awareness Week (and a half) at UNC was a
huge success with twenty one co-sponsors, an
extraordinarily high turnout, two nationally-
recognized speakers, and an AIDS benefit
dance. Here are some of the highlights of the
On Saturday, March 26, the AIDS Benefit
Dance was co-sponsored by the UNITAS
program and the Association of Internatior^l
Students. Despite very bad weather on the
night of the dance, CGLA was able to raise
$160, which will be go to aid in the Purchase of
a boarding house for persons with AIDS
(PWA's) in the Triangle area. Over $20,000 has
been raised so far Tor this project by local
artists and AIDS activists.
Ben Shatz, director of the AIDS Civil
Rights Project of the National Gay Rights
Advocates, spoke on March 28 at the Law
School as part of their program on AIDS &
Law, presented in conjunction and cooperation
with Lesbian and Gay Awareness Week. Shatz
spoke on the "three P's" of AIDS: panic, profit,
& politics.
Lightning Brown, a law student and long
time local gay activist, was instrumental in
bringing Shatz to Carolina as well as being one
of the coordinators for the AIDS & Law
On Wednesday, March 30, a discussion on
lesbian invisibility was led by Mandy Carter of
Triangle Area Lesbian Feminists and Lynn
Hudson of the UNC Women's Studies
Program. Several thought-provoking
questions were asked by the crowd oT about 30,
mcluding a healthy discussion on separatism
issues in the women's community.
see Awareness page 4
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