HQ 76.3/New England News

THE NEWSLETTER OF HQ76.3/NEW ENGLAND LESBIAN, GAY AND BISEXUAL LIBRARIANS AND LIBRARY STAFF

Volume 3, No. 9
November, 1995

HQ 76.3's second annual yard sale netted our treasury $245.75. We are extremely grateful to Alice Abraham for all her tireless efforts.

OUR NEXT EVENT

More gastronomic fun at the Delhi Darbar, on Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. The restaurant is located at 24 Holyoke Street in Holyoke Square. No need to RSVP - just show up! If you need directions, contact Martha Stone at: stone@medex.mgh.harvard.edu.

YOUR NEXT EVENT

Your suggestions are invited - please contact Martha.

AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. for GCN's reading series at the **NEW** Boston Living Center, 29 Stanhope Street, right behind the Hard Rock Cafe.
Coming up on November 15: Sarah Schulman and Vesta McIntyre.

CONGRATULATIONS

To Beth Radcliffe, HQ 76.3 co-chair emerita, and Terry Greene, on the birth of their son Avi Radcliffe Greene, who was born on August 29. Mothers and baby are well and happy.

LAVENDER LIBRARIANS ANTHOLOGY UPDATE

Norm Kester, editor of the tentatively titled Liberating Minds: The Stories and Professional Lives of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Librarians, has issued a third call for manuscripts. His new deadline is December 15. Both your Newsletter co-editors are submitting manuscripts: are you? Please contact Norm in Toronto at 416-944-9319. If you'd like the full text of his recent posting to Gay-Libn, contact Martha.

OUR FAR-FLUNG REPORTERS WRITE ...

FROM CHINA: Wendy Thomas represented Schlesinger Library at the UN's Fourth World Conference on Women and the accompanying NGO Forum in Beijing. Her report is edited only for space.

"During the NGO Forum, there were a few sessions geared to librarians and information workers. The International Women's Tribune Center organized a day-long series of panel discussions on women and information: The Document and Its Passage. I spoke about Schlesinger on one of the panels. ... Several Chinese women, mostly university professors, attended, asking for advice and information on starting women's libraries at their universities. ... The NGO Forum had several permanent tents set up for special interest groups. Almost always surrounded by Chinese security officials, curious onlookers, and the media, the lesbian tent was the focus of much attention. Meetings, video screenings, and social events were scheduled at the tent throughout the conference. The sessions that I attended were fascinating. ... Many people expected that abortion would be one of the 'hottest' issues of this UN Conference. Much to everyone's surprise, however, sexual orientation became the most controversial issue. The Lesbian Caucus, a group of NGOs promoting lesbian rights, worked hard to bring lesbian issues to the forefront during the UN Conference, using both traditional lobbying methods and guerrilla tactics. Lesbians unfurled several 'Lesbian Rights Now' banners during one of the UN Conference's plenary sessions. Although they were promptly removed from the hall, the media attention was instant and international; CNN covered it extensively and photographs appeared [in the international press]. A few days later, a young black South African woman, Palesa Beverly Ditsie, became the first openly gay person to address a UN conference. Sadly, I do not believe that sexual orientation survived in the final version of the Platform for Action; it was replaced by weaker phrases guaranteeing women the right to control and choose their sexuality. But, most agreed that the work done at the conference will pave the way for including the term in the next Platform for Action."

FROM NEW YORK: Steven Riel reports that he recently gave a poetry reading at the 11th Rassemblement d'Artistes Franco-AmÚricains, which was held at a camp owned by SUNY Albany outside of Warrensburg, NY. The Rassemblement is a gathering of Franco-American writers, visual artists, video producers, artisans, singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.

FROM PROVIDENCE: John DeSantis and Eric Esau ran into Martha Stone at "Flesh and the Word: A John Preston Gathering" in early October at Brown University. Brown has acquired Preston's papers and had many of them on display at the John Hay Library. John DeSantis summarized the conference for the Gay-Libn listserv, from which this report is excerpted. Martha's comments are in parentheses.

"The first panel, "Inventing John Preston", took place Saturday morning. It was moderated by Katherine Forrest and featured Michael Denneny (who spoke about his friendship with Preston and Preston's relationship to the Violet Quill Club), V. K. McCarty, and Michael Lowenthal (who quoted Preston as saying "in a crunch, drop the biggest name you can" and spoke about the predicaments of ghost writing.) ... The afternoon panel, "Making Sex Public" included panelists Michael Lassell, Dorothy Allison, and Andrew Holleran. [Dorothy Allison] was incredible. I could have listened to her forever. The Sunday morning panel, "Scribe of the Gay Community", was moderated by Michael Bronski (who managed to find connecting links from the Venable Bede to Ronald Firbank to Preston!). Panelists included Christi Cassidy (from "Poets and Writers"), Wickie Stamps (from "Drummer"), and Steven Saylor, a.k.a. Aaron Travis. ... It felt like OutWrite, but not as frenzied." (This weekend was inspirational to anyone who aspires to write anything!)

FINAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The deadline for submitting nominations for ALA's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award is Nov. 30. Send nominations, along with a brief supporting statement, to the Chair of the Book Awards committee at: John.C.DeSantis@dartmouth.edu or by FAX to: (603) 646-3702.