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DON'T-CLOSE THE DOOR JUST BECAUSE THERE'S LEATHER INSIDE
The movements for sexual liberation and equality have largely omitted
S/M-identified people, ihile others were marching militantly out of their
closets, we were urged to keep a low profile, leave our leather at hope,
and keep quiet about the whole business. We compliantly took of our boots,
put on our sneakers, and put out our best foot forward, This stategem was
somehow supposed to make sexual freedom more palatable to those strident,
puritanical persons who would eradicate all sexual activity unless intended
to produce legitimate children. In short, we made a play for acceptance by
misrepresenting ourselves to people who were not going to accept us anyway.
This stategem has not worked, and it is not going to work.
The oppression we experience today is similar to that other groups have
known. Like homosexuals we are labelled "sick". Like women we are portrayed
sensationally by the media and are denied a forum to refute the charges
against us. Like all minorities we have been fragmented by shame and self-
hatred. Untold individuals remain isolated in the closets of shame,guilt
and frustration with their S/M fantasies.
S/M-identified people have been oppressed not only by Briggs, Bryant, Davis
and their ilk, but also by many people struggling for liberation of Women,
Lesbians, Gay Men and other sexual minorities, Ironically, many of us S/M-
people have-contributed significant energy towards the gains already enjoyed
by these movements, and in return, have met with hostility, repression and
ognorance from these same groups in our attempts to liberate a very special
and important part of our sexualities--our S/M-identities.
Some lesbians and gay men among us report their "second coming out" to their
own communities as S/m people is far more painful and difficult.
Within the movement for sexual liberation we are labelled "divisive" by
people whose sense of political "unity" excludes us. Our sexual practises
are equated with rape, violence, fascism and murder. These myths are fierce-
ly defended by our detractors, perhaps because myths excite their secret
fantasies far more than the following facts about S/M;
1. S/M is by definition consensual. It is t-uernfor antithetical to
rape, violence and murder.
2. S/M-identified people include men and women of all ages, sexual
preferences, classes; political learning, races, countries,
cultures and historical periods.
3. S/M does not necessarily involve pain.
4. S/M does not necessarily'involve sex.
5. S/M does not necessarily involve fetishes such as leather, rubber
6. The essential ingredient of S/M, no matter what form it may take,
is an exchange of power between two or more mutually consenting
S/M-identified people donot want to stay in the closet, or to change clothes
before coming out, '.l'en the closet door opens, it opens for everybody inclu-
ding our not yet-rscognized sexual minority of S/M-identified people. Be
are making a place for ourselves at the cutting edge of the sexual libera-
tion movement.--Skip Aiken
----Distributed by THE SOCIETY OF JANUS, P.O. Box 6794, San Fransisco,
CA; 94101, U.S.A.----
The Society of Janus is an educational and support group for S/M-identified
men and women of all sexual preferences.
The ILIS Annual Penort
When the IGA was set-up in 1978 in Coventry, England, there were no
women present. It was decided that when/if women joined the structure
and aims of the ICA would be reconsidered.
During the Second Annual ICA conference (Easter 1980, Spain) 45 of
the 170 participants were women. This was the first time that women
were officially organized within the IGA. Although we were nuite
satisficA with many of the results of the conference we were faced
with the dilemma that due to lack of time, we were not able to discuss
hbroughly all the lesbian issues and exchange views and ideas about
the IGA, and participate entirely in the conference at the same time.
It was then decided that an international lesbian secretariat would
be set up, which would organize an international lesbial conference
as soon as possible. The secretariat would also try to contact more
lesbian organizations an+ lesbians within mixed organizations. The
secretariat would temporarily be in the Netherlands and the lesbian
conference would decide if the ILIS were to stay there or go to
a different country.
The ILIS then became a nroun of 9 women, who met every 2 weeks.
- We set up a filing card system of lesbians and mixed organizations,
and the contact- omen we know about.
- We have kept in contact with lesbians by answering mail, and sending
them information about the conference.
- We have set uD an archive.
- We have worked together with the foreign workoroun of the CnC.
- Ofcourse our most important task has been organizing the lesbian
conference, and making the report of that conference.
The results of the ILIS conference (december 1980, Amsterdam) can be
found in thb conference report.
The second ILIS conference will be held in Turin, Italy, crom the
fifteenth to the seventeenth of anril, 1981-.
At this conference it will be decided which membergroup will take
on the ILIS secretariat until easter 1P32.
T RAI SSE:'.UALI TY, -
THE THIRD illTERNATIT'"L COiFiS.FCE )F THE I.G.A.
INTEEFTATI-:.'iiAL ASSOCIATII:'I OF GAY WOMIEI AdD N ,
AT TORRE PELLICE, ITALY, APRIL 1981
is aware that at least two member oi'--anlisations have a concern
for transsexuals ( FUORI and Le Centre du Chriist Liberateur,France)
and they ask that information about transsexuality shoV.ld be
published in the I.G.A. Newsletter,
is aware that transsexuals and homosexuals are very different in
nature and in needs.
They deserve our solidarity and support to find their own iay of
would urge all member orgn-,isi-.,tions to assist transsexuals with
current information about psychological, legal, and medical help
available in countries where possible.
informs that the Centre du (hrist Liberateur in France has published
a good booklet with a..lrgoe amount of information on all aspects of
transsexuality ( available for 30 FF + 5 FF postage at the
Centre du Christ Liberateur, 3 bis, Rue Clairaut, 75017 Paris (France)
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GAY U,:.'1EI ATD MEN Turin/Torre Pellice
Third Annual Conference April 19, 1931
Workshop 4 : GAYS INTO LEATHER AND S & M .
The problem with acceptance of the S.%I community, or, for that matter,
of a whole range of expressions of consenting sexual activity, comes
from a general refusal to accommodate images producing strong sexual
connotations In particular, society does not want to see visible ex-
pressions of any form of sexuality other than the heterosexual stereo-
type This visible expression of sexual fantasy poses a threat to the
way in which "normal" persons perceive sexuality Through the mechan-
isms of self-oppression, these people refuse, and are perhaps incapable
of, confronting'their own sexual fantasies .
This situation leads to the general misunderstanding of concepts re-
lating to S&TT and leather S&M takes its form through an infinite and
varied number of expressions A particular problem for the lesbian
and gay community arises with such visible expressions of sexuality
through uniform and leather fetishism For example, these forms are
often mistakenly related to violence Violence is the expression of
power employed to meet an aim which is not mutually agreed upon .
Such use of violence is in fact the antithesis of the kind of sexual
activity engaged in in a S&M relationship between mutually consenting
individuals The use of the word "Violence" does not apply here .
A lot of confusion also arises over the use of leather and uniform
fetishes when people associate them with their historical use by
social groups promoting violence and aggression Personal fantasies
and the mutually consenting expression of these are the property of the
individual and should remain the property of that individual until
such time as she or he chooses to dispense with them While we recog-
nize that certain symbols can be highly emotive, in the context of an
S&M relationship, the emphasis is on the consensual nature of that
The Third Annual Conference calls for a continuing dialogue on the issues
of leather and 3&;. within the IGA. and its member organizations, with
a view to the recognition and acceptance of them as valid expressions of
human sexuality ,
International Gay Association of Gay Women and Men
Third Annual Conference Turin/Torre Pellice April 1981
Workshop 4 : GAYS INTO LEATHER A D S & M
List of participants
Bernard de Wolff
Sigfried Hoffmann )0
Jan Olav Brynsulfsen
Jan van Dooren.
Jean le Bitoux
GLF & MSC Black Angels
ASL/Gruene & GL'E
Rosa Winkel Verlag
Gai Pied monthly
THE THIRD INTTEJTir OFrIT^L CL CLiTLILRECE OF THE I.G.A. ilJT-iJATIONAL
ASSOCIATION OF GAY WOMEN AND l.;il, AT TORRE PELLICE ITALY APRIL 1981
I) hs been informed about the situation of Rev. KLAUS IITIER
is very qngry that this minister has been dropped from the list of
) German Luthern pastors for his homosexual relationship.
Demands his reinstatement into the ministry
considers this to be a discrimination from both professional and
vocational points of view.
(To the German Luthern Church)
2) has been disappointed at not receiving a reply to the earlier letter
of ( IGA letter to the pope John Paul 11, after his statements in
Chicago in 1979)
Shas been more and more alarmed in recent months by pontifical
statements on sexual issues in general and homosexuality in particular
looks forward to receiving a constructive answer to its letter.
( adding a coppy of the first letter,
To the Pope John Paul 11, Vatican City).
3) hs been informed that the "Action for Reconciliation_ Service for
Peace which is attached to the German Luthern Church, has sent
for the first time a volunteer ( Gudrun HOLTZ) to work with a ray
Christian organisation ( Centre du Christ Liberateur in Pqris_ France)
Shas been informed that this or:.: --.tion works mainly with conscientious
objectors for peace and reconciliation in foreign countries (mainly
those who suffered under the iJ:1ii in the Second World War
very strongly encourages this organisation to continue to send
volunteers to gay organizations in :L:' Iry of the approximately
200.000 gays killed in World :.r 11 and who ar- t-i Q- L ones
who received no reparation.
( to Action for Reconciliation_ Service for TPece
has been informed about the positive contacts by the Centre du
Christ Liberateur ( Paris France) on behalf of the I.G.A. with
the World Council of Churches in Geneva ( Switserland).
urges very strongly that the World Council of Churches studies new
possibilities of dialogue with sexual minorities inside the churches.
designates the Centre du Christ Liberateur i-.inorit4s Sexuelles
( Paris France) ( ,.,Alain BARRAULT and Rev. Joseph Douce) as its
official representatives at the World Council of Churches for 1981_82
( to the World Council of Churches in Geneva)
WORKSHOP 5 : RELIGION AND HCi'..OSEXUALITY.
2nd Motion fron worksi-hp on political parties
This conference recognizes the particular oppression
of gay people in the workplace and the important role
of the trade union movement in fighting for gay libe
ration It recognizes the complexity of the labour
movements in many different parts of the word, and
that many gay people feel intimidated by this and do
not i:nmrediatly look to the trade -unions for protection
or for their part in the struggle for gay rights.
Conference recognizes the valuable work which many
people have done in the labour movement and the need
for improved information, communication and discussion
about how this work should be undertaken.
Conference requests the Gay Rights at Work Committee
to produce a questionnaire for circulation, to coordi-
nate information on trade union work, and to produce
an international version of their pa!nphllet, to provi-
de the basis for discussion at the next IGA conferen-
E m e r q e n c y R e s.o 1 ut i o n
that this IGA conference condems the deliberate murders
of gay men and lesbians by forces under the command of the
present government of El Salvador.
It calls on all world gay and other organizations to condemn
these terrorist acts and to express their abhorrence of them
a) to their owon governments
b) to the El Salvador Government and
c) to the USA Government which is the main supporter of this
Workshop NO 10 Third World
1) The countries present at this workshop during the third IGA Confere
ce were only from Latin-America and the Caribean aera, beside Euro-
2) The common problems between those countries with regards to homose
a) continuous repression by the local police
b) social repression ( un-hismo, church, family, education, mass-
media, etc.. )
c) lack of communication and information amongst those countries
themselves and with the IGA and its members
d) the oppression towards the women in general and the particu-
larly severe oppression of lesbians .
3) Proposals :
a) we resolves to respond proj-'..ly and decisevely to any repressiv
b) re resolves to combat all forms of social oppression and sup-
port each other's efforts with particular regard to the mis-
representation by the mass-media,
:) we resolve' "i create the strongest possible links amongst the
countries of Latin-America and the Caribbean. In addition,to
improve communication we request :iA-.-ico to take on the res-
ponsibility of coordination. We accept the offer made by the or
ganisation FLHOC, Madrid to act as an information-pool.
d) we seek to promote a deeper understanding of feminism within
the movements of Latin-America and the Caribean and to establish
united organisation of gay wo;.en and men.
4) ":, expect IGA and its members to promote and support our efforts
to strengthen existing organizations and to establish new move-
ments in the area.
A& 5) We urge IGA ans its members to denounce the policy followed by
the government of the state of TTayarit in ,Me:-:ico where there is
a system of registration and identification of gay men and prosti-
tutes, by sending protest notes to the president of Mexico, Jos4
Lopez Portillo and to the IeJ---ican ambassies in their respective
I Ilk "0 1 V
.RlFOR OF '..R1 SHJP Ci- THE GAY 5 Ti E OF LIFE
,'.embers of the workshop were surprised that no time during this congress
was devoted to the gay way of life. Though we believe it is surely im-
portant to discuss IGA organisational and political matters we think that
it is necessary also to try and discuss our daily life and, why not,
our behaviour here during this week-en~' .We think that,if many incid.rt-,
happened during this congress,this rjy be related to the absence of such
This is our reason for proposing a special wc rh:.._hop on this subject. We
decided to base this discussion on a most interesting article written.
by the wellknown French philosopher Tichel Foucault, According to himn,the
deeper problem of homosexuality is that of trying to create a form of
friendship and tenderness between gays; a sort of different sensitivity;
of different relationship and of dropping entirely existing roles,images
We noticed that during this ..;r::.hiop the participants were keenly interest-
ed and expressed many ideas and points of view of various kinds and s-.igest.
ed to discuss other connected subjects like loneliness,ageing,feminine and
. masculine attitudes ,the role and place of desire in all relationships;
It might therefore be interesting to study new ways of building links be-
Our proposal therefore is,as a basis for further discussions,to translate
and publish the ;Tichcl Foucault article (which --pr-.', red in the april 81
issue of Gai-Pied) in the TOA Bulletin and ask all IGA members to comment
upon it. we thereby Aiso suvgest they comment upon their own lives.
Finally we request the inclusion of this Foucault article in .-:: basic
documentation of the next IGA Conference, with a view to including the
subject in the agenJa( possibly as a special -.o:..shop)ef the Conference.
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IGA THIRD AiTTr-JAL .'iFL.EREjE, 'RI, ITALY 17-21 APRIL 1 9;1
" :,ORn:.HOP 9: TI-7L GAY MOVEHT1E'T [Al'l P f'OLTIAL lPARTIE
1.,,TIC ( FROM I.',-IF H.:P TO CCITFERElI'E: "'JT.. T ..I'IF T O rLITICAL 'PARTIES
That the Scottish Homore:-uL:,l .Ri.'ts. '.roup b:,. relsposi' iblC fo'r cin:ueting
an international survey of p-l it i.l p,:r:.t l:.:.', Lusin. tthe '.uest ionaire
below, and to report to the l'-'" I,;A Il:t.tii,.
The Questionnaires in the first instance will be sent to Party Secretaries.
1 PARTY SUPPORT
* does your Party support Gay P.i-.lhts or Gay Equality issues?
* has it undertaken anyspecific actions in favour of gay rights?
2 PARTY S TATEr'iT:.
* has your Party issued an official statement on Gay Liberation?
* what is the content of that statement? (please attach a full copy)
* in which Party publication is the statement contained?
(ie: statutes, gei iral guidelines, official papr:-'),
which Party organ issued the statement
(ie: executive c'vol .ittee, annual conference, centr:L"l committeee.
3 THE GAY MOVTT;.;T
does your Part- recognize the necessity for the self-oir-anisat ion of gay
how would you define the gay movement's r6le in social evolution?
4 HOMC .:- -.L 7 R Y i...;
are there gays in your Party?
are there open gays in your Party?
is there a gay caucus in your Party?
if so, what does its work consist of?
5 COG! ITT1 lT TO SOCIAL C-DrAGE
Does your Party believe in the necessity of fighting sexist and heterosexist
attitudes within the Party itself?
6 I i.TE FZ.i/T'O L EFFORT
Has your Party raised the issue of gay rights in international meetings
with sister parties?
has your Party raised the issue of gay rights in international bodies?
would your Party be willing to do so?
7 JALFT .r; OF GAY CAUCUS OR CT'OT'TCT .... ................. .... ........
If no Gay Caucus, please give
address of appropriate coiir.ii.ttee ........ .. ,,,,. ......... ,,,,, ,.. ,,
8 HAiE OF OFFICIAL C(IPLE~'II THIS
QiE.'TIO, T ATF,', ar status .. ... ......... ...... .. .. ...
Intended that Questionnaire will go out in. fIRE:CH, 'ITA!7i:iH, GERATU, ITALIAlN.