The Guide, January, 1989; volume 9, number 7

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Title: Taking down the sex wall

Author: French Wall

Summary: Like the Berlin Wall, recently taken down, institutions and individuals that fear free expression of human sexuality have constructed a wall to divide people into either ‘gay’ or ‘straight’.

First sentence(s): Berlin is surrounded by East Germany and divided down the middle by a wall separating the city into ‘East’ Berlin and ‘West’ Berlin.

Keywords: sexual identity, sexual labels, cold war, Berlin Wall

Letters to the editor

Topics: Floridian objects to cruising, Atlantic City overlooked, Gay Republicans blast Atwater.

News Notes

Topics: Phone sex wins in court; Dannemeyer suit thrown out; Rhode Island rights bill dies; CIA recruiters ousted from Princeton; DC activists sticker the Metro; Protesters make Astra blink; NIH studies Foscarnet for CMV; 60-year sentence for Maine gay murder; Skinheads arrested after anti-gay attacks; Insurance cash to terminally ill; Iowa sailor wants Navy apology; Philly group pressures Penn AG; Gay man sues TWA

Porn ruling: Threat to free speech

Article type: News

First sentence(s): Washington, DC – In a decision that raises the specter of ex post facto legislation and unchallengably overbroad laws, the US Supreme Court ruled June 21 that a conviction obtained under a 1982 Massachusetts pornography law could still stand even though the law was ruled unconstitutional by Massachusetts’ highest court in 1988. In a confusing decision that sharply split the justices, the Court remanded the case back to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) to decide whether a photo Douglas Oakes took of his partially naked 14-year-old stepdaughter was expression protected by the First Amendment.

Keywords: Douglas Oakes, censorship, child pornography, US Supreme Court

Dirty Dishes

Author: French Wall

Topics: Martin Mull, Steve Lanford, Ann Landers, Pope Pius IV, Dan Quayle on parent-child bondage, Illinois anti-porn law, rock music ratings, steroid use among high-school boys, g-strings in Myrtle Beach, phone lines crossed sending Florida probation calls to New York sex line, Hollywood Hunks in the Raw, circumcision and HIV, Madonna and Sandra Bernhard.

Common Sense

Author: John Mitzel

Title: Inside the Connie Francis Hotel

Summary: San Francisco’s St. Francis Hotel is re-imagined as the Connie Francis Hotel, an all-purpose gay and lesbian resort fantasyland, complete with 150 Russian sailors, a Judy Garland lookalike contest, and the national Mr. Bare Chest championship.

First sentence(s): Do you know the joke? It’s the late 70s. This mad quean from AnyTown, USA, is heading out to San Francisco for vacation to party his brains out.

Keywords: Connie Francis, gay dream vacation, gay subculture, San Francisco

At the 5th International Conference on AIDS Activism meets medicine

Article type: main feature

Author: Bill Andriette

Summary: A report on the 5th International Conference on AIDS in Montreal, with a focus on the debate over HIV’s role as cause of AIDS and the role of HIV activists in driving science.

First sentence(s): The two Japanese immunologists stood at the booth displaying the safe-sex education wares of the New York City Gay Men’s Health Crisis. They stared agog at the TV as the cute white guy ate out the ass of the stunning black hunk, illustrating use of a dental dam.

Keywords: 5th International Conference on AIDS, ACT-UP, Alan Cantwell, anonymous HIV testing, Peter Duesberg, Luc Montagnier, Robert Gallo, HIV denialism, South Africa, Alfred Machela, Rand Gay Organization.

Gay Germany

Article type: travel feature

Author: Jeff Perrotti

Summary: A report on the gay scene in Germany before the end of the Cold War, with a focus on West Berlin, East Berlin, Cologne, and Hamburg.

First sentence(s): Home of the first gay liberation movement and famous during the 1920s for gay culture unparalleled throughout the world, today’s West Berlin remains a center of gay life in Europe.

Keywords: German gay life, gay East Berlin, gay West Berlin, gay East Germany, gay Cologne, gay Hamburg.

Sex in the News Author: Boyd McDonald

Titles: Lincoln slept with man for 4 years; ‘Victim’ says he went to minister; Doctors, lawyer, students have sex in Florida toilets; Boy-lover honored as ‘Citizen of the year’; How to worship cock; The moral majority; Florida youth ‘abused’ in car.

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