The Guide, January, 1989; volume 9, number 11

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Editorial Title: First the good news

Author: French Wall

Summary: Gay rights is a radical concept that fundamentally changes Western society, even if many gay activists have argued it is only a piecemeal reform. A proposed Massachusetts gay rights bill has been defined by homophobic legislators aiming to prevent those changes.

First sentence(s): Massachusetts lesbians and gay men are about to make history this month.

Keywords: Massachusetts gay rights bill, sexual liberation, gay liberation


Letters to the editor Topics: age-of-consent, Am Tikva, B’nai B’rith, Taipei man seeks pen pals


News Notes

Topics: Rochester exposure case; ACT UP urges Burroughs boycott; Barney Frank wins gay support after prostitute disclosure; Gay marriage in Denmark; Pittsburgh gay man murdered by two youths; ‘Next’ magazine folds; and more.


Dirty Dishes

Author: French Wall

Topics: San Francisco earthquake, Catholics against condoms, Cambodians eating dogs in San Francisco, Jesse Helms and obscene art, gay sheep, and more.


Common Sense

Author: John Mitzel

Title: The wrong blond

Summary: Gay marriage can be as stifling as heterosexual marriage, a proposition explored with a number of literary examples, particularly the bond of W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

First sentence(s): In Harold Norse’s new book of memoirs he recounts how he and Chester Kallman, 50 years ago, went to hear (and flirt with) Wystan Auden and Christopher Isherwood as these latter two gave their first public reading in New York.

Keywords: gay marriage, W.H. Auden, Chester Kallman, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Gore Vidal


Black and gay with something to say

Article type: main feature

Author: Bill Andriette

Summary: The struggle for racial civil rights in the US was a model for the gay movement, but tensions exist between the politics of racial and homosexual identity, and there is resistance among African-Americans to embrace the gay label.

First sentence(s): If black Americans had not fought for civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s, there would not have been a Stonewall.

Keywords: civil rights movement, gay African-Americans, gay movement, racial identity, sexual identity, on the down-low, Curtis Price, Craig Harris, Joseph Beam, LeBaron Moseby


Homophobic murders outrage Ottawa

Article type: main feature

Author: Jean-Pierre Cloutier

Summary: Several murders of gay men in Ottawa provoke police criticism and community response.

First sentence(s): “All I can remember is hearing yelling, screaming, and moaning.” Keywords: Ottawa gay murders, anti-gay violence, Canada


Baltimore – America’s most homosexy city

Article type: main feature

Author: Tom Reeves

Summary: Baltimore has a reputation as a city gay people flee from, but it supports a robust, indigenous homosexual scene, and has for generations.

First sentence(s): Baltimore is seldom counted among America’s gay cities...

Keywords: Baltimore gay life


Sex in the News

Author: Boyd McDonald

Titles: Marlene ‘don’t want no sissies’; Boys remove clothes, get victimized; Boy, 16, helpless to resist man; Growing up straight; Whore, 12, wears only cut-offs; Cop jailed for ‘abusing’ boy, 15; Man, 39, keeps 10 boys in harem; Coach helps wash youth in shower; Judge: ‘Boy might have enjoyed it’; Nude boys duck-walk, whatever that is; Chess tutor makes move on boys’ groins.

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