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IGA Conference - Turin 1981

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. "4 GA -I T- iTr,,I L T ,IT'.I L ASSOCIATION N OF GAY K'.:-' "1 T-.I:T
3rd ANNUAL COCiFurDOE TORRE PELLI'L/T'?i:. L,'T'R 1981


REPORT OF WORKSHOP 1
THE ..9f'-T!1G OF IGA


Introductionli
This workshop mTet continuously during the Confrrence outside the
Plenary Session. A large and representative attendance allowed
the Workshop to spend over 20 hours discussing all i'....-,. on
the agenda as zell as several important matters referred to it
by Conference; The position of worsen in IGA follozng the result
of the ILIS Conference in particular zas discussed at length
only aLt -r recommendations and representations were received
fromr the Wo-rents 1.:.rkshop.
.All airendi5ents to the Constitution were considered
and discussed and i:1.. Working Party introduced several improvoronts

by consensus to the draft Constitution printed in Conference Papcr...
Wo worked on the basis that the draft Cfnstitutiint in Conference
Papers was a true and faithful representation of the decisions
of the Barcelona Conference and the Ghent Iteting:
We wish to draw your attention to several ratters of

import-t:,.oce in the draft Constit ..tion attached. We also wish to
point out that all of these patters were agreed by consensus; except
in one occasion.

1 -._:._-" O 1 .T'- ZATI iCT
7oe agreed to recorpmen.d a change of the subtitle of the Association4s
name to include the words Lesbian/C.-; woren insteadd of gay woiqen."
The reason is explained in the "- ,...-ation paragraph: We also affairl
the use of the word gay to allow this word to be used and reolaiied
by women. .
2. ..!._ 1 .-1SI011
We agreed th.-t organizations who wish to join must (as well as being
in. support of our Aims) be ':,pro'.:d by ('.fere',e: A majority-of
$51- will allow admission: It was not felt that this was necessary
for i.. : ivi'duals.
3. IlE1LSiIT--To expel a member must be a decision of C6nfere nce:
We could not reach consensus on the majority required to expel.
We did agroe that it should be a substantial vljorit, (i.e. not (1j).


' I c therefore askc Conference to decide upon the


***Conference Vote:




-T


mna ority required, whether 2/3 or OIC 8;
4. SUBSCRIPTION
Please note the new provisions relating to a.,--ut of subscription.
5. THE W .7T_ ,'S SEC ;-._ 1 f
The women in IGA zish to continue the work of women in IGA through a
Secretariat and on e'.l terms zith IGAs other Secretariats: The
Constitution therefore provides for this.

i ** *Conference Vote: It is recommended also that Guidelines be
drawn by the Women's Secretariat and the other Socretariats to be
presented to next Conference which will ensure the full integration
of the :;S. on into the IGA organiwational structure. All Secretariats
moantile must cooperate fully with the -,.S. on all IGA matters and must
defer all matters relating to women to the \!.S.

-***Conference Vote: The location of the "3:S: (Amsaterdam) is a

/ transitional arrangement which -we ask Conforence to approve until
such tioe as possible alternatives are investigated by the U.S.

6. Annual Conference.
I'l- working of this Conference and past Confereneos caused thoe Workshop t
to agree that responsibilities should be made clearer and t.:,t tasks should
should be made as follows:
Drafting of Agenda during the year--Secretariats
Organization of Conference--the host organisation and
the Secrotariats together:

Running of Conferenco zhen convened--Chairing Pool
(includes Press statoq ents, agenda natters;
workshops; plenary sessions; eto.)

7; IDOCISI' 1._ '-
By this tiinme Conference has approved this part of the COonstitut ion.

S++Note: Please note; hozever, the following additional matters
Relating to woments issues: The women in IGA have constitutional
autonoery to vote on exclusively womeni4s issues, if they so wish.
One of the members of the Jorking Party however opposed

the principal of gender parity and may wish to have Conference
discuss the matter.


8,. SP< TERSC,-
The creation of spokespersons with r limited authority is not
incomnalible with 1I_.V creation of the Emergency Action Co. ittoo.









35 Workshop I


9. :;2.!OY AYCTDION CC7T7"` (or Uatchdog)
We epr:rc-rd the creation of a-small group who, if unanimous, could
authorize the use of IG-A's name by the Secretariats if a member
organization wished IGA to protest about an emergency event. between
Cmnforenoes: This body has no policy making power however: To
avoid any danger of abuse it was recoemonded that the EAC be made
up of 3 full members from 5 sep'r: to regions of the world. Gender
parity is also to be ensured.

***Conferenoe Vote: We recommend the:
tional Coalition of Black Gays (mixed/ USA)
GIAL (Lesbian/Spain)
Gay legal Iights Coalition !Australia)

be appointed emergency action committee until next Conforonce.


***Confrerence Vote: W oe now recomend acceptance of the attached con-

stitut ion.


UOTI0Ol- PROC, WOE:TTOP 1




Recognition that riany members of TGA cannot take part in its activi-
ties unless costs are kept as low as possible, we recommend that IGA
financial secretariat draw up proposals for next Conference to help
reduce the cxpencoo of Conference, to poorer delegates in particular
to look at; low cost accommodation; sliding dcale registration fees,
location of conference facilities in areas were costs arc lowest.
A



Recognizing that oven if conference costs are kept low, many organi-
sations, particularly 3rd world and lesbians/gay women have difficulty
in raising funds to travel to Conference. Therefore we recommend that
all members' organizations and associate organizations from the wealthier
--tions should twin or pair up with poorer organizations to assist
them to travel to conference.










4./ 1Workshop 1


3.
That a IFinancial Assistance Committ-: investigate and report to next
Conference on the ways in. which ICGA can directly assist poor members
with finance for their domestic operation and expansion.




We recommend the appointment of P'48-Denmark as Pinancial Secretariat
Se..-.. til next Oc, ..:r-noe as agrooee between the existing Financial
Secretariat (COC) and F'48.

5.
That France be the location of the ICA Conrerence 1" '. Member organi-
sation CUA-F,-I to be the host organisation.







Report submitted by:
.r..,r van Bueren and Derek Ogg
T'orkshop Chairing Panel
on. behalf of Workshop 1





CONSTITUTION of the
INTERNATIONAL GAY ASSOCIATION
International Association of Lesbian/Gay Women and
Gay Men


1. FOUNDATION
HAVING REGARD to the fundamental pride that lesbians/gay
women and gay men take in thier sexual orientation;
HAVING REGARD t6 the legal and social discrimination
against lesbians/gay women and gay men of all ages th
throughout the world;
HAVING REGARD to the failure of the nations of the world
to guarantee to lesbians/gay women and gay men full civil
and political rights;
HAVING REGARD to the need for international solidarity
in the face of universal oppression;
HAVING REGARD that-the word "gay" should not be appro-
priated by men only and its use makes it possible to
reclaim the word for women too;
HAVI.G REGARD to the need to create an organisation
within which women of different political and personal
choices (in terms of their seperatism;feminism,
homosexuality,identity as lesbians and/or as gay women)
can work together.
The INTERNATIONAL LAY ASSOCIATION International
*Association of Lesbians/CGay Women and Gay Men was
founded in Coventry,England in August 1978.

II. AIMS
The aims of the IGA are to work for the liberation of
lesbians /gay women and gay men from legal,social,cultu-
ral and economic discrimination through the means below;
(i) To provide information for the application of concer-
ted political pressure on governments and international
bodies in the pursuit of gay rights;
(ii) To maximise the effectiveness of gay organizations
by co-ordinating political actions on an international
level;
(iii) To promote the unity of gay people throughout the
world by the collection and distribution of information
on gay oppression and liberation;
(iv) To exchange information and to promote co-operation
with other movements that support gay liberation;

III. MLA'!ERSHIP
Membership of the IGA is divided into 3 categories:
(i) FULL MEMBERS being non-profit organizations with
memberships opened to lesbians/gay women and/or gay men.
(ii) ASSOCIATE MiiRER ORGANIZATIONS
(iii)ASSOCIATE METDER INDIVIDUALS.

IV. ADMISSION
(i)FULL n'E:MBER
An applicant for membership of the IGA must apply in
writing to the Iniormation Secretariat and affirm agree-
ment with the aims of the IGA.A list of applicants
should be circbltdd before each Annual Conference.
Written objections from full member organizations
shall be discussed and voted upon.An applicant shall
be admitted to membership by a simple majority.
(ii)ASSOCIATE T-iBER ORGANIZATIONS
An applicant for ASSOCIATE ML DERSHIP of the IGA must
apply in writing to the Information Secretariat and
affirm agreement with the aims of the IGA.A list of
applicants should be circulated before each Annual
Conference.Written objections from full member
organisations shall be discussed and vote upon. An
applicant shall be admitted to associate membership by
a simple majority.
(iii)ASSOCIATE INDIVIDUAL ,MIBERS
In applicant Nor ASSOCIATE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP of the
ICA must pply in writing to the Information E i '-






Secretariat and affirm agreement with the aims of the ICA.
U.EXPULSION
A member of the IGA may be expelled from the IGA by a vote
of % at an Annual Conference.

VI.SUBSCRIPTIONS
Each member of the IGA must pay an annual subscription to
the Financial Secretariat by the and of February of each
year.

VII.ADMINISTRATION
The IGA has some central administration organs:
(i) The Information Secretariat,which is situated for the
time being at the Hirschfeld Centre,10 Fownes Street Upper,
Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland.
(ii)The Women's Secretariat which is situated for the time
being at Rozenstroat B,Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
(iii)The Political Action Secretariat which is situated
for the time being at Rozenstraat B,Amsterdam,The
Netherlands.
(iv)The Financial Secretariat which is situated for the
time being at Knabrostrffoe 3, DK 1210 Copenhagen,
Denmark.
The IGA has a regional liason office for the American
Continent,which is situated for the time being at 1469
Church Street, N.W.,Washington D.C. 20005, U.S.A.

The International Gay Archives of tie IGA are situated
for the time being at 10 Fownes Street Upper, Dublin 2,
Republic of Ireland.

VIII.SrOKES01'ERSONS
Spokespersons shall be elected at each Annual Conference
from Full 1emi:ers to represent the ICA on specific matters
for the period up to the next Annual Conference.

IXEMERRC^iCY ACTION COMMITTEE.
(i)There shall be an Emergency Action Committee consisting
of 3 Full ,.-r-ber Organisations from 3 different regions
of the world appointed by 6ach Anhoaol-enference.
(ii)There shall be an equal number of women and men
representing the member organizations on the committee,
(iii)If a member wishes the IGA to make a protest about
an event in an emergency situation, the member must contact
the political Action. Socrettbnat which must receive
unanimous consent from all members of the Emergency Action
Committee before undertaking any protest in the name of
IGA.

X.FULL MEMBERS
It id the responsibility of each Full member to:
(i)Furnish the Information Secretariat with accurate
information about its membership,organisation and activities
(ii)Inform the Secretariats of matters requiring support
from other members;
(iii)Respond to requests for support from pther members
or from the Secretariats at the request of a Spokesporson;
(iv)Appoint an International Secretary to liaise with the
Secretariats,Liaison Offices and other members;
(v)Respond to requests from the Secretariats fQr information
in general and specifically for the production of papers;
(vi)Submit a copy of all correspondence concerning the
production of papers and support of other members and a
copy of any publication to the Secretariats.

XI.INFORMATION SECRETARIAT
It is the responsibility of the Information Secretariat
to:
(i)Process applications for membership,providing the -
applicants with the necessary information about the IGA;
(ii)Maintain accurate information about the IGA,its Members
and their activities;











(iii)Collect and distribute to Members information on mat-
ters of gay oppression and liberation;
((v)Prepare a standard broadsheet with relevant inferma-
tion about the IGA,its members and their activities;
(v)Co-ord-inate with the Political Action Secretariat emer-
ency actions through the -IGA Snowball Telephone Network;
i)In co-operation with the WOmen's Secretariat,Financial
Secretariat and the Liaison Offices produce and distribute
.to all members an IGA Bulletin.

XII.WOm- '11' SECRETARIAT
The Women's Secretariat shall deal with all matters concer-
ning women.The Other Secretariats shall refer all communica-
tions relating to women to the Women's Secretariat which
shall take the necessary actions.

XIII.POLITICAL ACTION SECRETARIAT.
The Political Action Secretariat shall
(i)co-ordinate political actions of the IGA;
(ii)in co-operation with the Womenls Secretariat,Informa-
tion Secretariat,Financial Secretariat and Liaison Offices
prepare the IGA Bulletin
(iii) co-o.rdinate with the Women's Secretariat, Information
Secretariat, Financial Secretariat and Liaison Offices pre-
pare the ICA Bulletin
(iv) communicate with the Emergency Action Committee with
regard to emergency IGA protests about events notified to
it' by a member.
XIV.FINfi'IAL SECRETARIAT
The Financial Secretariat shall
(i) Recieve Member's subscriptions;
(ii) Keep accurate records of subscriptions recieved and
expenses paid;
(iii) Present to each annual Conference a detailed report
of the IGA's finances and a list of those members which have
paid their current subscription, and those who have not.
(iv) remind ea6h member -when its annual subscription is due;
The Financial Year will be the calander -year.
XV. IGA BULLETIN
_(i) The IGA Bulletin will be produced by the Information
Secretariat together with the Women's Secretaria.t; Political
Action Secretariat, Financial .Secretariat and the Liaison
Offices. It shall appear in B editions each year, the first
to be produced within eight weeks of each Annual Conference
(andincluding a Report of the Annual Conference) and the
last at least eight weeks before the next Annual Conference
(and including a draft Agenda and Reports from the Secretariats
in at least two main languages).
(ii) The ICA Bulletin shall contain information pertaining to '*
the activities of member organizations and include accurate
lists of members, their addressesand International Secretaries,
other actions undertaken, requests for information from other
members NMXME N h notification of resource material available
from members and other information relating to the IGA's activities.
(iii) A IGA Bulletin shall be sent to every Full and Associate
member member of the ICA which has paid.its annual subscription.





Secretariat and affirm agreement with the aims of the IGA.
V.EXPULSION
A member of the ICA may be expelled from the ICA by a vote
of < at an Annual Conference.

VI.SUBSCRIPTIONS
Each member of the ICA must pay an annual subscription to
the Financial Secretariat by the and of February of each
year.

VII.ADMINISTRATION
The ICA has some central administration organs:
(i) The Information Secretariat,which is situated for the
time being at the Hirschfeld Centre,10 Fownes Street Upper,
Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland.
(ii)The Women's Secretariat which is situated for the time
being at Rozenstraat 8,Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
(iii)The Political Action Secretariat which is situated
for the time being at Rozenstraat 8,Amsterdam,The
Netherlands.
(iv)The Financial Secretariat which is situated for the
time being at Knabrostrffoe 3, DK 1210 Copenhagen,
Denmark.
The ICA has a regional liason office for the American
Continent,which is situated for the time being at 1469
Church Street, N.W.,Washington D.C. 20005, U.S.A.

The International Gay Archives of the ICA are situated
for the time being at 10 Fownes Street Upper, Dublin 2,
Republic of Ireland.

VIII.SPOKESPERSONS
Spokespersons shall be elected at each Annual Conference
from Full !embers to represent the ICA on specific matters
for the period up to the next Annual Conference.

IX.EMERG I'! Y ACTION CLi,!ITTEE.
(i)There shall be an Emergency Action Committee consisting
of 3 Full ,:--!ber Organisations From 3 different regions
of the world appointed by aoch AnhoaI-Eenforence.
(ii)There shall be an equal number of women and men
representing the member organizations on the committee.
(iii)If a member wishes the IGA to make a protest about
an event in an emergency situation, the member must contact
the -olitical Action SocrettBCat which must receive
unanimous consent from all members of the Emergency Action
Committee before undertaking any protest in the name of
IGA.

X.FULL M[iT[lERS
It id the responsibility of each Full Member to:
(i)Furnish the Information Secretariat with accurate
information about its membership,organisation and activities
(ii)Inform the Secretariats of matters requiring support
from other members;
(iii)Respond to requests for support from pther members
or from the Secretariate at the request of a Spokesperson;
(iv)Appoint an International Secretary to liaise with the
Secretariats,Liaison Offices and other members;
(v)Respond to requests from the Secretariats for information
in general and specifically for the production of papers;
(vi)Submit a copy of all correspondence concerning the
production of papers and support of other members and a
copy of any publication to the Secretariats.

XI.INFORMATICII SECRETARIAT
It is the responsibility of the Information Secretariat
to:
(i)Process applications for membershipproviding the *
applicants with the necessary information about the ICA;
(ii)Maintain accurate information about the IGA,its Members
and their activities;











(iii)Collect and distribute to Members information on mat-
ters of gay oppression and liberation;
(Wv)Prepare a standard brandsheet with relevant inferma-
tion about the IGA,its members and their activities;
(v)Co-ord.inate with the Political Action Secretariat emer-
gency actions through the -IGCASnowball Telephone Network;
Wi)In co-operation with the WI L-,,n's SecretariatFinancial
Secretariat and the Liaison Offices produce and distribute
.to all members an IGA Bulletin.

XII.,' Ei-i'S SECRETARIAT
The Women's Secretariat shall deal with all matters concer-
ning women.The Other Secretariats shall refer all communica-
tions relating to women to the Women's Secretariat which
shall take the necessary actions.

XIII.POLITICAL ACTION SECRETARIAT.
The Political Action Secretariat shall
(i)co-ordinate political actions of the IGA;
(ii)in co-operation.with .the Women's Secretariat,Informa-
tion Secretariat,Financial Secretariat and Liaison Offices
prepare the IGA Bulletin,
(iii) co-o.rdinate with the Women's Secretariat, Information
Secretariat, Financial Secretariat and Liaison Offices pre-
pare the IGA Bulletin
(iv) communicate with the Emergehcy Action Committee with
regard to emergency IGA protests about events notified to
it by a member.
XIV.FINANCIAL SECRETARIAT
The Financial Secretariat shall
(i) Recieve Member's subscriptions;
(ii) Keep accurate records of subscriptions recieved and
expenses paid;
(iii) Present to each Gnnual'Conference a detailed report
of the IGA's finances and a list of those members which have
paid their current subscription, and those who have not.
(iv) remind each member when its annual subscription is due;
The Financial Year will be the calander -year.
XV. IGA BULLETIN
.(i.) The ICA Bulletin will be produced by the Information
Secretariat together with the Women's Secretaria.t; Political
Action Secretariat, Financial S-ecretariat and the Liaison
Offices. It shall appear in B editions each year, the first
to be produced within eight weeks of each Annual Conference
(and.including a Report of the Annual Conference) and the
last at least eight weeks before the next Annual Conference
(and including a draft Agenda and Reports from the Secretariats
in at least two main languagess.
(ii) The IGA Bulletin shall contain information pertainirng tio'' -
the activities of member organizations and include accurate
lists of members, their addressesand International Secretaries,
other actions undertaken, requests for information from other
members XMNMXbMf notification of resource material available
from members and other information relating to the IGA's activities.
(iii) A IGA Bulletin shall be sent to every Full and Associate
member member of the ICA which has paid its annual subscription.




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