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Community News, Volume 1, Number 1
September 1993

         COMMUNITY NEWS  Volume 1, Number 1  September 1993

        A Newsletter for the lesbian, bisexual, and gay community
          and supporters at Columbia University and Affiliates
WELCOME TO "COMMUNITY NEWS" This first issue of "Community News" has grown out of an earlier newsletter issued last spring by a group of faculty and staff. It is hoped that this new newsletter will represent all the Columbia University lesbian, bisexual, and gay (lesbigay) community in all its diversity. By "community" we mean all affiliate institutions of Columbia. We welcome suggestions and comments, as well as articles, news items, and events that we can include in what we hope will be a monthly newsletter, at least during the school year. See page 4 for our list of contacts. "Community News" should be available at various campus locations such as Earl Hall, FBH, Barnard, and so forth, around the third week of each month.

   GABLES IS GROWING

Faculty and staff are invited to join GABLES, which usually meets on the third Thursday of each month (but this September the meeting is on the fourth Thursday). GABLES is a faculty and staff organization that seeks to improve the life of the University by making it as hospitable as possible to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. It does this by (1) defining and advocating the interests of gay, lesbian, and bisexual members of the Columbia community; (2) fostering a supportive and welcoming community for new faculty, staff, and students as they enter Columbia; and
(3) informing the Columbia community of social, cultural, educational, and political issues of interest and importance to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. Begun in February 1993, GABLES holds regular monthly meetings and currently has a publicity/newsletter committee, a domestic partner and benefits committee, and an AIDS/HIV support task force. GABLES-CU also attempts to foster cooperation among campus lesbigay groups generally and to facilitate communication between the Columbia lesbigay community and the University administration.

   LBGC HAS A NEW LOOK!
The student organization LBGC (Columbia-Barnard Lesbian Bisexual Gay Coalition) is about to change its face--with the influx of new members and a new board. The young blood has adopted a theme for the '93-'94 school year: Pride=Unity=Power. They want to broaden the scope of the group's activities and membership and to sustain and improve what's already present. To make sure everybody, especially the new students, knows of all the changes, LBGC is planning a campuswide mailing to the undergraduate residence halls.
First, those awful business meetings had to go--but business still has to get done. So, weekly meetings will now have two parts: an hour for business followed by co-ed discussions with food and drink. Some new events were held last year, and the successful ones will be repeated. Tina's Valentine's Day Homosekshul Kiss-In will be a must, as well as other small social/political events. Then the mainstays will keep on going: dances every first Friday and floor raps will stride on, with Kim coordinating CC and SEAS floor raps and extending them to include BC first-year residence halls as well.
LBGC is also working with the New Student Orientation Program to make sure there is no lesbigay under-representation during the program this year. See the calendar on page 2 for a list of orientation events. General Studies students and everybody else should know that they're welcome to join in. Anyone who wants more information or to get on the distribution lists should call the LBGC Infoline at 854-1488. Good luck to you and LBGC, and have a great year! Catina Alexander Shannon Halkyard

   EVENTS CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 1 (Wednesday) Movie Night 10:30 pm-1 am in 304 Barnard Hall (Barnard College) 3 (Friday) First Friday Dance 10 pm-2 am in Earl Hall. Admission charge. This dance has been held regularly since March 1973! 9 (Thursday) University-wide Reception for Lesbian/Bisexual/Gay Students, Staff, and Faculty 6-8 pm in 9B Hartley Hall. Refreshments will be served. 10 (Friday) Activities Day 11 am-4 pm on College Walk. Stop by the table. 7:30 pm Pizza Party (before Club night) in Dodge Room, Earl Hall, followed by Lesbigay & Homofriendly Nite OutTrip down to Pyramid, 101 Avenue A in the East Village. Saturday nights are The Ball at Pyramid, featuring shows with drag queens and kings, with house and disco music after. Cover normally $5, but could be group discount. 13 (Monday) Field Trip Time to be announced. Meet at subway station entrance for group trip to Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center, 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan. Introduction to queer New York; maybe a walk down Christopher Street later (call the LBGC Infoline at 854-1488). 23 (Thursday) Community Meeting and Social 5:30-7 pm in 308 Lewisohn Inner Lounge. All lesbigay faculty, staff, and students (and supporters) of the Columbia community are invited to attend. Network, build bridges, discuss our lives together. Find out about events on campus, hear about domestic-partner benefits, campus lesbigay groups, mentoring programs, curriculum review, AIDS awareness, homophobia and civility issues, etc. After discussions, a social. Refreshments provided. 30 (Thursday) GABLES Meeting 5:30-7 PM, location to be announced. See lesbigay notesfile on CUNIX or watch for posters around campus. LBGTC Fall Reception 8:30-11:30 pm in 179 Grace Dodge (Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street). All CU community welcome. OCTOBER 7 (Thursday) LBGTC General Membership Meeting 9 pm at TC location to be announced. 9 (Saturday) Start of Lesbian and Gay Awareness Week Lesbian and Gay Awareness Week events are still being planned. At least one event is expected to be offered on each day between Saturday, October 9th and the following Sunday, October 17th. Look for definitive times and places in the next issue! Opening ceremony: A Queer Carnival 12 noon on Low Plaza. 10 (Sunday) Lesbigay Brunch 12 noon in Earl Hall 10 (Sunday) Interfaith Panel (Co-sponsored with CU Department of Religion). 2-3 pm in Earl Hall. 11 (Monday) Being Queer at Columbia 8 pm in Earl Hall. Co-sponsored with GHAP. Laura Pinsky will moderate a panel including members of campus lesbigay groups and representative(s) from PFLAG. 12 (Tuesday) "Straight Night Out" Discussion 8 pm at location to be announced. Talk with Marsha Wagner, CU Ombuds Officer, followed by a sensitivity session led by Shannon Halkyard. 14 (Thursday) Coffeehouse 9 pm-1 am in McIntosh lower level (Barnard) KEY: GABLES - Gay, Bisexual, & Lesbian Employees & Supporters GHAP - Columbia Gay Health Advocacy Project LBGC - Columbia-Barnard Lesbian Bisexual Gay Coalition LBGTC - Lesbians, Bisexual, & Gays at Teachers College PFLAG - Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

   LOVE DELIVERED FROM AMSTERDAM AVE

      It was a bittersweet event last January when God's Love We Deliver 
      (GLWD) prepared its 500,000th hot meal for homebound people with 
      AIDS. This landmark meant that the organization had endured, but 
      that so, too, had the AIDS epidemic. Indeed, over the eight long 
      years since its founding in 1985, GLWD's growth has paralleled 
      that of the epidemic itself, expanding to include an ever-larger 
      and evermore diverse population.

      In describing itself, GLWD says it's "a not-for-profit, 
      nonsectarian organization that makes sure no homebound person with 
      HIV/AIDS goes hungry [by bringing] meals to ... all five boroughs 
      of New York City and in Hudson County, N.J., Monday through 
      Friday." This simple description, however, belies the complexity 
      of the task of delivering 1,200 meals daily to 600 clients, many 
      with special nutritional needs, scattered throughout the nation's 
      largest and densest Metropolitan area--and all free of charge!

      In order to do this, GLWD (which despite its name is not a 
      religious organization per se) depends upon a network of 
      volunteers, donors, and supporters. According to Monica Kaiser, 
      the director of volunteers, help is needed in every phase of 
      production: in the kitchen, in the administrative offices, on 
      delivery routes, and during special events. Much of this help is 
      needed right at the organization's headquarters, a few minutes 
      from Columbia's Morningside campus in the American Youth Hostel 
      building at 803 Amsterdam Avenue (at 103rd Street).

      Kitchen volunteers, with or without previous food preparation 
      experience, are needed for once-a-week, three-hour shifts at any 
      time of the day or night (the kitchen is open 23 hours a day, five 
      days a week). Likewise, administrative offices handling 
      fundraising, development, volunteers, client services, data entry, 
      and other areas also need help with staffing phones, operating 
      computers, and taking care of other light office work; office 
      volunteers are also asked to commit to one three-hour shift a 
      week.

      One of GLWD's most pressing needs is help with meal delivery to 
      clients, either by foot for routes on the Upper West Side and in 
      Morningside Heights (about one hour at midday at least one day a 
      week) or on day-long routes with van drivers who bring meals to 
      distribution centers. Help is also occasionally needed with 
      nutritional counseling, collection of donation cans, moving heavy 
      equipment and supplies, and organizing special events.

      Volunteer orientations are held periodically throughout the year. 
      For further information about volunteering, or if you know someone 
      who could use help from GLWD, please call 865-6500 and ask for the 
      Volunteer Office.
                                            Ray Smith

   TO BOYCOTT OR NOT TO BOYCOTT IS STILL THE QUESTION

Now that the summer is all but over, you have just packed away that Samsonite luggage, and before browsing through this newsletter, you pour yourself a refreshing cup of Celestial Seasonings tea, which, for some reason, you insist on sweetening with Holly Sugar. S T O P !!! All these products--with the exception of "Community News," of course--are on the list that New York Boycott Colorado is asking the lesbigay community and its supporters to avoid. The local group, along with more than 120 organizations and individual celebrities, is supporting the repeal of Amendment 2, a law enacted in Colorado last November to deny civil-rights protections to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. New York City is one of 26 municipalities to support the boycott against traveling to Colorado or doing business with companies that have a connection to that state. Others who have endorsed the effort include ACT UP, the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay Games IV, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Organization for Women, and the "Village Voice." In academe, supporters include the Student Association at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, the Columbia University Libraries, and the law schools at N.Y.U. and Rutgers. But even at the epicenter of this maelstrom--Colorado--there is no consensus within the lesbigay community over whether the boycott makes sense, particularly because it is doing harm to businesses in three cities--Denver, Boulder and Aspen--where ordinances protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in housing and employment. "There is a lot of dissension here," says Lawrence Pacheco, the director of public relations for Equality Colorado, a lesbigay civil-rights organization. That is particularly so since a ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court in July appeared to strike a death blow to the law. In a 6- to-1 decision in "Evans v. Romer"--a case in which Martina Navratilova is a plaintiff--the court said that Amendment 2 appeared to violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It upheld an injunction that prevents Amendment 2 from taking effect until its constitutionality has been fully litigated. While many gay-rights advocates say the boycott is now clearly pointless, Boycott Colorado Inc. has vowed to "keep the pressure on." And here, Duncan Osborne, a spokesperson for New York Boycott Colorado, told the "New York Times": "The boycott continues until Amendment 2 is overturned or repealed." His group meets weekly. For information, call 239-1451, ext. NYBC. E.R. Shipp

   "CALIPSO"--A RESOURCE GUIDE

      "CALIPSO" (Columbia ALmanac of Information Pertaining to Sexual 
      Orientation) is a resource guide to issues on sexual orientation 
      for students, administrators, faculty, and staff of Columbia 
      University, Barnard College, Teachers College, and Union 
      Theological Seminary. The idea for the guide came out of the 
      lesbigay community meetings first held during this last spring 
      semester. "CALIPSO" should be ready by the beginning of September, 
      in time for registration and new student orientation. Copies will 
      also be available in various campus locations such as Earl Hall, 
      FBH Information Desk, Health Services, Library Information Office, 
      Institute for Research on Women and Gender, etc. It will also be 
      on ColumbiaNet. Thanks to everyone who helped put this valuable 
      resource together!

   CUNIX LESBIGAY NOTESFILE

The CUNIX lesbigay electronic bulletin board (notesfile) was established in February 1993. This file is for all kinds of information and discussion of interest to the CU lesbigay community. For those with e-mail accounts on any CUNIX machine, it can be accessed by typing "notes lesbigay" at the UNIX $ prompt. Postings may be sent electronically to "lesbigay@columbia.edu." For those on other campus e-mail systems, direct receipt of lesbigay messages in digest form can also be arranged. For information on getting an e-mail account or for any questions relating to using the CUNIX Cluster, contact the Academic Information Systems (AcIS) Help Line, 854-4854.

           COMMUNITY NEWS  Volume 1, Number 1  September 1993

        A Newsletter for the lesbian, bisexual, and gay community
          and supporters at Columbia University and Affiliates
CONTACTS "COMMUNITY NEWS" To list events: John Rash, 678-3779 (jprash@cutcv2) To suggest features: E.R. Shipp (ers9@columbia.edu) To be on mailing list: Steve van Leeuwen, 854-3078 (svl2@columbia.edu) GABLES CONVENORS Annie Barry, 854-3219 (ab14@columbia.edu) Stephen Davis, 854-8584 (daviss@columbia.edu) Jim Hoover, 854-2635 (hoover@columbia.edu) OutReach hotline for general info, support, etc. 854-3091 LBGC Infoline: 854-1488 Notesfile information: Stephen Davis, 854-8584

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