GFM Archive - Declarations, proposals, statements of IGA Conference in 1981

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GFM Archive - Declarations, proposals, statements of IGA Conference in 1981
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IGA Conference - Turin 1981

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These documents are part of the IGA Conference 1981 folder which Larry Chang maintained for the GFM. The documents include the Welcome Statement; two items labelled as Declaration A and Declaration B; Proposals from Different organisations and statements issued during the conference
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PROPOSAL

THAT IGA REAFFIPJ ITS ADHERENCE TO DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES: IN PARTIOUIAR,
THE PPRI'TCIPLE OF 011E PERSON OITE VOTE -- OR, AS IT WERE, O1E ORGANISATION
TWO VOTES: THAT IG'1, SHALL RESPECT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF EACH rEr'BER
ORGAINISATIOIT TO SELECT ITS VOTING- DELEGATES AS IT SEES PIT; THAT THEREFORE
SO-eCLLED ".JETER P?AITY" BE REJECTED AS BEING II VIOLATIO1T OF THE
FODREGOI TIG PP NCIPLES.

proposed by John Lauritsen, delegate for
Gay Atheists League of America

M,'otivat ion:
According to an old proverb, "The road to Hell is paved with good
intentions". Although good intentions may- lie behind "gender parity", the
results are harmful. When equal rights for all is abandoned in favor of
special privileges for 3 few. there are serious problems.

"Gender parity" would ,, ean that a group of 100 people, consisting of 98 men
and 2 women, would have to give ,50 of its votes, offices, etc. to the
women. In such a case, one frisale vote wouldd bc worth about 25 male votes.
The practical consequences, as '.,ell as the effect on the male morale, can
easily be imagined.'

The IIIS proposal no, 12 ( 4 of the ;esletter) would force the
organisation above' to give ic,: vt':-? to its 'c9 men and one vote to its 2
w.omen. If neither woman could attend the conference, they could, if they
were spiteful enough, give their 'otc- te another vjvoman at the conference,
specifically instructing he:. to vote against .;atever the male delegate
voted for. In the -.ttIr asea, t1he group would lose all of it. voting
power because of the radics-l chic nctiocn of "gender parity".

If IIIS proposal 12 ic passed .by this conference; then organisations with
predominantly male inemb:rships would be v',-1 devisedd to c:rpell all of their
female members, and to become all-r.mle group', b,-cause this is the only way
they could be sure of hi-ing thijir full voting rights andl their autonomy.
In this case, "gender parity", intendd.- to help .'omen, could be responsible
for causing an injustice to womrirn v.ho v.,anted to wvorkl in :, mixed group.

"Gender parity" is an insult to fair-minded v.omen. In effect it says that
a woman is not capable of persuading her ',ale and feMale- colleagues through
rational a argumen t. This is not so.

It is true that most inxixd gay groups have imany more men than women. This
is to be e-mected. The taboo or: homose:.aliicy, from the Holiness Code of
.- Leviticus onvards, is the tboo on se:-: bet-lv.e-:e rm'-ales. It is L.19le Love that
has been under the most powerful taboo of all Judec-Christian culture. It
is gay men who were stoned to death by the ancient Hebre:.C; put to the
sword, castrated, and burned -it the sta1ke by the Christians. It v;as men
,-ho vwore the pink triangle inr the c]a:i concentr- tion camps. It is men .who
are imprisoned around the,. world because of soComy statfutes, which have
almost never applied to women. Therefore, iL is logical that predominantly
men should be in a movement for the emancipation of homosexuals. As the
German homose:."ual rights activist, -urt Hiller, put it half a century ago,
"The liberation of homose:-.~uls cn on:'. be th, work of homose-uals
themselves."

"Gender parity" is just one more political fad, one- more pseudo-radical
notion that the United States has exTort-ed to the :.-.orld Lilke "encounter
groups", revolution through rugs. and the hoola hoop, it has had its day.
"Gender parity should not be- allowe,'i to hamper IGA in its work.














A FUDRI! Proposal for the next ICA W:shington Lonference


Bearing in mind that the next IGA Congress will be in
Washington, FUOTI! ask that all participating organizations
ensure that their delegates arriving by plane in the
States wear Gay and Lesbian badges to provoke an
international political scandal to eliminate the
American Immigration Law that discriminates against Lesbians
and Gay men.


FUORI!










Proposal from the women's caucus regarding the organizing of future
I; G. A. Conferences

As a result of our experience of experiences at the 1981 IGA Conference,
we would like to add the following to our earlier statement and proposals
which have already been circulated > i wA4 si 1AA' A P,

The gay liberation movement in general, and the International Gay Associ-
ation in particular, have failed to effectively confront the problems of
oppression on the basis of race, sex, class, national or ethnic differences.
Until these problems are confronted, lesbians will be alienated from and
marginalized by the gay liberation movement and at gay conferences. We,
lesbians attending the 1981 IGA Conference are presently experiencing
such alienation and marginalization. For this reason, along with those
outlined in our previuos statement, we would like to add the following
proposals.

We propose that:
1b already existing practise of twinning between groups within the IGA
be'continued and expanded.

T;;A. provisions be made to set up an IGA travel fund to facilitate the;
participation'of delegates from groups located in the third world, those
groups that are economically unable to assume the cost of attending the
conference (eq gay youth), and individuals from areas where groups do
not exist (eg areas subjected to extreme political repression). This
fund should be administered by the financial committee or a subcommittee
of it. The administrative body should be comprised of 50 %. women and should .
establish detailed procedures for the operation of the fund. It should pre-
sent an annual report, including the criteria used in decision making as
well as the decisions themselves. If necessary, there should be an annual
levy of member groups, on a sliding scale, according to financial solvency,
to accumulate these funds.

childcare be a mandatory component of IG~ Conferences, as decided by
the 1980 Barcelona Conference. Facilities must be attractive to the children
as well as adequate to their needs.

1" at future IGA Conferences, workshops include a greater variety of
topics and their outlines emphasize both gay male and lesbian issues. lWf

5. insofar as possible, in a particular host country, Conferences should be
\ located so as not to separate gay people from the surrounding environment
S (gxx ie within a city). Contact with local communities may also encour-
age financial support from their institutions.


-- Presented by the '.*mI'ren's Caucus at the third annual meeting of the IGA
with the support oP men who attended a joint workshop

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In order to El imin-te misunderst ndirg .ind ambiguity during
future C o onferen ces w propo sr-

1.. IGA is an intern.-Ition -, l organization comprising r.rni-.er=
ship groups. Every group st-r,-ll send delegate; to the ICA
annual Conference.
2. All expenses conneci:rd rL ith the C'.nfruerce -haill be the
joint responsibility, of both member o-roniz>tirs j-nd treir
delegates. Host orgrni;:er' :f future Cor er ,nc .- jhli
organize the conferC rce ias ec~nomicjll. y -nd rff; ciertl '.
possible.
4. Membership groups which hv" -crnorimic pr-,biems shall in
good time contact tht. ILA iFi rnc'i e1 C ntrt e. Ji,: -uggest that
a fund be set within IGA to support such groups.
,'*Uun d.. Icg-,t-c I-i-..- i-c- -s~---c'- -be -r-es-p-ori, ib1c for -their


5.Bearing in mind enormous variety of women and men from
different countries,varying cultures organizations,politica:l
beliefs,class,colour,sexual identity and background all of
us at the Conference should strive to communicate with each
other in a positive manner remembering our common purpose,
in a sense of tolerance and patience and non-violehce.
Member organizations are responsible for the behaviour of
their delegates.


FUORI! and some women.















FLIORI -l.sks the CIongqre7.s to condrmnr in the most
.-:bsoilute terms the de linquc,-nt -j:tion ro the menmber'
o f t he F -i I .n Angel :.
He has wilfully destro.'ed : picture, this is :In :act
of violence and intolerance t.ow-, rds the delegate
of another group.
We hope that episodes of this kind shall never happen
again.
As happens in all civilised societies we demand an
immediate-compensation of US$ 500 (which takes no
account of the enormous moral damage sustained),
which is its commercial value.
We ask the congress to approve our request hoping
that a similar action shall never happen again,
bearing in mind that we struggle in favour of gay
and lesbian solidarity.



FUORI!
Committee for solidarity with
Virco Silombria.




















LATEST FROM THE PRESS.


MANY NATIONAL ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS HAVE PUBLISHED LARGE

DETAILED ARTICLES WITH PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE IGA CONFERENCE.

WE WANT TO IfIFORM YOU ABOUT THE ONLY NEGATIVE STATEMENT

WHICH HAS APPEARED IN THE TURIN EVENING PAPER "STAMPA

SERA" THE LOCAL PRIEST OF THECATHOLIC CHURCH OF TORRE

PELLICE'HAS SAID "HOMOSEXUALS? THEY ARE SICK PEOPLE

WHOHAVE GROWN UP AND WHO NEED HELP."

WE BELIEVE THIS STATEMIEIT iECDS AN IMMEDIATE REPLY FROM

THIS CONGRESS.












WELCOME TO THE THIRD I.G.A. COITFEREHCE


We are very pleased and proud to welcome you, on behalf of FUORI! to the 3rd
I.G.A. Conference.
We are particular proud that after only-three years since its beginnings
our international organization now represents a positive force in the world
wide struggle for homosexual and lesbian liberation.

FUORI! which was one of the founder members of I.G.A. celebrates its its
tenth birthday this year. To be able to celebrate together ten years of struggle
for liberation is for us a very meaningful time.
Meaningful in that we believe it to be of fundamental importance to realise
our objectives, and affirm their international character.
In spite of different laws, in spite of different political regimes, in
spite of different cultural traditions, religious and political differences,
homosexuals and lesbians are still penalised and their mife made difficult
throughout.the world.
Law which-openly condemn homosexuality are only the more obvious, exterior sign
of a condemnation which is rooted in the culture of all races.

The objective which we have set ourselves is a long and difficult one..
As homosexuals and lesbians we have chosen to affirm our right to be free by
struggling. to change those conditions which make oppression possible.
The path towards liberation is a long and difficult one as we represent only'
a very small percentage of a world which of a world which almost in its entirety
is still submerged and closed in silence. And this is a silence which is not
always a result of repressive social structures.

Self-repression, which has always been a characteristic of subordination, is
the most dangerous result of our oppression. Amongst those who are oppressed

the greater majority do not rebel. Unfortunately this is valid for everyone.
Because of this, one of the most important tasks of our organization is to
work together for the diffusion of idea of "homosexual solidarityy.
To see us all united together in a society which the macho-heterosexual has
created in order to divide us.

It is difficult but we have to succeed. We have to regain the thousands of
years that we have lost, the joy which has been denied us, the history that we
have made only for other.

Every objective which seems at first sight "Utopian" must be the right one.
No conquest must seem impossible, or worse, exaggerated. We must always
demand the maximum. We must always struggle for the most difficult objective.











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nowadays identifies itself clearly as a political movement- and as a liberation
movement, and I G A is the international realization of both key concepts.

Apart from movements which have consolidated themselves nationally and which have
energy to spare and which practise international solidarity through I G A; the
greater part of I G A members come from countries in which factual oppression and
downright prosecution is rife and rarpan'. Consequently this is reflected in the
great number of actions I G A has called its members to undertake.

The. forms of these actions have been diverse, over the last three years ue have
been picketing,. : c.,~m,.-_ies and consulates, we have written letters to governments,
parliaments, -ocal authorities and international bodies, petitions have been draft-
ed and circulated, individual protests have been raised and heard as far away as
Moscow and Teheran.

just what has I G A been t.kir action upon? To try and give an overall impression
whili+ uoi-bolVnly is not exhaustive, I'll men,-i-on some of those actions. Ufe have -
undertaken actions against efforts to close down gay newspapers, such-as the monthly.
Lampiao, Brazil, the fortnightly Gay News, rEn.l-laud, the monthly Amphi, Greece, and
-e m.onthl;- Body Politic, Canada. We have c..Tipi,.i against the anti-gay laws
in the Irish T1:-.,lic, in Ulster, in Greece, in Spain, in Hong Kong, in Cyprus, in
the Soviet Union,, to name only a few. We have protested discrimination in ages
of consent in France, England and elwhere. We have :tr..,.ly objected to the regi-
stration of homosexual people by the police in many countries. We have protested]
the Anita Bryant arid John Brmiggs-led witch-hunt against gay women and men, in the'
United .f':es of America, plus the anti-gay immigration laws of that country.
We have protested the murder of homosexual men in Iran. We have spoken out against
the criminalization of homosexual men and women in Cuba. We have been and are
active toward s Amnesty International, the World Health Organization, the United
Nations, the Council of P.ir~- and other international bodies. We have condemned
disor:.'. ir. -Lc f women and men in their job-situa{ions, especially the discrim-'
ination of gay teachers. We have approei-hed political parties and trade-unions o-n
Gay Rights. Lately we have protested police' brutality against gay saunas in
Toronto, Canada, and the Conspiracy to Corrupt Public Morals Law in England. And
each year we have pleaded for an International 'ay Liberation Day (which term I
prefer to Gay Pride Day for "obvious reasons) on the' last Saturday in June. As I
said earlier, this is not an exhaustive list of I G A activities, but even as an
incomplete. list it suggests the broad scope of our international movement.

As to its effectiveness, sometimes it has been clear that international protests
have been taken into account by the ..... 'c that be, sometimes this has not been
clear. But always gay activists in besieged positions have been strengthened by',
the knowledge, of international solidarity. It strengthens our morale also to
know that we .are part of. t'1i!: ,. in-ternati.onal gay community, which is growing daily,
in numbers and in rtr--n-ith.

We are, alas, still beine.murdered in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and other Islamic countries,
jailed in many countries., thro:.n out of our jobs, have our children taken away,
hounded by the police, but........ the Gay movement is growing and if pressed' too
hard we take to the ::ets to show our unity and strength, as happened lately in
Paris, France (10 000 people), in '.:n.-.r,-ster, Eng,,land (600 people), and in Toronto,
Canada (5 000 people).,- to restrict myself to the months of February and April.

In South America we see the growth of a Gay movement, in Asia a budding movement










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has come into being, and for Eastern Europe we have hopes that a Gay movement makes
itself known in the near future.

From Holland we have an official observer from the Communist Party of the Netherlands
attending this conference, an important sign of changing attitudes in Communist par-
ties, like those of Spain, Finland, Mexico, Australia. Those changes have taken long
to occur, but they give us hope.

Also in Holland the penin.g recognition of the gay trade union caucus within the
General Teachers' Union, which gay caucus will be the first officially recognized
gay union group, gives us hope. So the Gay movement everywhere gathers momentum
and is moving forward. We are many and only calamities can make us halt.

Let us together see to it that calamities do not occur. y, I G A, the International
Association of Gay Women and Men, be instrumental to further a future in which gay
women and men will have all that I G A strives for at this moment in time, and has
stood for in the past three years.




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