The Guide, January, 1989; volume 9, number 12

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Title: Censors among us

Author: French Wall

Summary: New York City’s Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center is wrong to ban a poetry reading by Allen Ginsberg because the sponsor of the event is NAMBLA.

First sentence(s): Jesse Helms’ crusade to ban sex education for gay men and to suppress lesbian and gay artists has been roundly attacked by our community. ... As frightening as Senator Helms may be, we in the gay community face an even more insidious threat: self-censorship springing from internalized homophobia.

Nine arrested at Yale conference

Keywords: Allen Ginsberg, NAMBLA, New York City Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center

Article type: Letters to the editor Topics: age-of-consent, gay African-Americans 

Nine arrested at Yale conference

Article type: News

Summary: Nine people were arrested at a Yale University gay and lesbian studies conference because of a confrontation over safe-sex posters, but all charges had been dropped by November 20.

Keywords: Yale University, Bill Dobbs

NY community center nixes Ginsberg poetry reading: Lips tight after secret vote

Article type: News

Summary: The board of New York’s gay community center barred poet Allen Ginsberg from giving a reading there on November 12 because the event was to be sponsored by the North American Man/Boy Love Association.

Keywords: Allen Ginsberg, NAMBLA, Richard Burns

Art agency blocks grant for AIDS show: Money later released

Article type: News

Title: Summary: In the first use of a new law that bars federal funding of homoerotic and other sexually graphic art, the National Endowment for the Arts asked a Manhattan gallery on November 3 to give back a $10,000 grant for a show on AIDS, only to reverse itself two weeks later after an outcry from prominent artists, including Leonard Bernstein.

Keywords: NEA, John Frohnmayer, Artists Space, AIDS

Man kills himself after ‘morals’ arrest – One arrested after refusing to blow cop

Article type: News

Summary: Essex, Massachusetts, man commits suicide after arrested by North Andover police in a public-sex sting in Harold Parker State Forest.

Keywords: public sex, police entrapment, police sting, suicide

News Notes

Titles: Kiss-in zaps Montreal bar; NJ police continue entrapment; Condom handouts end at New Hampshire rest stops; New York gays barred from giving sperm; ‘Playboy’ sues to block anti-porn group; AIDS activists plan DC civil disobedience; and more.

Dirty Dishes

Author: French Wall

Topics: Gays against anonymous sex, a gay soap opera from producer David Gadberry, pro-life argument used to defend minor accused of purchasing alcohol, Miami police chief Kenneth Glassman fines self after gay joke; J. Edgar Hoover and Rock Hudson; Andrew Greeley on homosexual priests; Lenoa Helmsley and ‘The ballad of the cell-block queen’; and more

Common Sense

Author: John Mitzel

Title: ‘Those disgusting flowers’ or the uses of obscenity

Summary: The attack by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corcoran Gallery on the work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe shows how ‘obscenity’ is central to both the new right backlash and homosexual liberation.

First sentence(s): It has been reported that Neanderthal Senator Jessi Helms, the highly financed drug-pusher, while reviewing the work of the late Robt. Mapplethorpe prior to Jessi’s attack on the art world, pored over Mapplethorpe’s photos.

Keywords: Jesse Helms, Robert Mapplethorpe, censorship, gay art, obscenity, Andy Warhol

The war on gay art

Article type: main feature

Author: Michael Bronski

Summary: The American right has launched a campaign to attack and marginalize homoerotic art.

First sentence(s): Just when the flap and fandango about Robert Mapplethorpe’s “obscene” photos and the truly obscene attempts by Jesse Helms and company to restrict public funding for the arts seemed to be failing into the darkness of history, there are some new – and possibly more serious – developments.

Keywords: Robert Mapplethorpe, Jesse Helms, Corcoran Gallery, NEA, Helms amendment

Sex in the News

Author: Boyd McDonald

Titles: Boy, 14, allegedly ate teacher’s dick; Boy says he was raped by counselor; Jury frees admitted killer; Boy, 14, suffers from big, uncut dick.

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