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IGA Conference - Turin 1981


This is the report on the third workshop of the IGA 1981 Conference - Political Action.
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No further report was available.


(CH had been with experts on Islam and an interim report was

3. SCOTL..iD

The case of John Saunders ( a former workman at an educational schools
camp in Scotland ) comes before the highest Court of Appeal in Scotland
on 7 & 8 ::-y. SHRG will be participating in a vigil outside the court
at the start of the hearing.
SHRG have been very pleased with t1he political and financial support
throughout the United Kingdom over 2000 or 5 million lira have been
raised from the gay and labour moveme-nits to fight the Saunders case, if
necessary to the European Court of H-i.uv-,n Rights.
Derek Ogg, Sheila i::-caskill and lan Dunn are pressing their complaint s
to the European Commission of Human Rights despite the fact that a very
grudging concession to homosexual law reform an age of consent of 21 -
was wrung from a reluctant British Government in November 1980.

4. I'fRThi-;- IRELtiJD CASE
The case of Jeff Dudgeon will be heard at the European Court of Human
Rights on Tbhu:rsd.ay 23 April 1981, and the judg,'e:-nt is expected in Tay.
Jeff Dudgeon does not want any demonstrations at the Court itself, but
he would be very pleased if an ,-.:,r- wished to attend the hearing which is
open to the public.

Although this had not been successful at first instance, the publicity
received had been extremely helpful to gay rights in Ireland. There are
high hopes of a successful appeal, but if necessary the case will be
taken to Strasborr.:. The costs are very high 1000 for transcripts,
30,000 legal fees and any contributions would be greatly appreciated.


The Madrid gay group decided that it could not orgixiLise the demo.ns.tration
there at the start of the Helsinki Review Conference, so it was cancelled
and the report in the IGA newsletter was incorrect.


Homophobia was still r-lirj::nt in Hong Kong because of its British colonial
influences and Chinese family -pressures. The loClellan case of the
murdered gay Police Inspector was still continuing. A ChiLnese gay group
- East Tide was now in existmc oe which publishes the first gay rights
newspaper in Chinese. This group needs moral and financial support and
CHE was urged to twin with it. East Tide wished to contact Chinese gays

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living in Europe and a leaflet in Chinese for distribution by European
groups had been prepared. Copies of this, and contact with East Tide,
could be obtained through Jean-Claude Letist, Balduinstr. 2, 5000 K81n 1
West Germany.
It was aj reid to recomTutL.;i] the following resolution to the plenary
That IGA deplores the continuing persecution of gay people in
Hong Kong, and calls on all member groups to put pressure on the
Hong Kong and British Gover.r'-ne'nts to decriminalise homosexual
behaviour in Hong Kong in accordance with the traditions of the
Chinese people, "

COC had raised the issue of Cypriot anti-gay laws with the Dutch Minister
.of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch MEP, Ivr. Van den Heuval who currently
chairs the Human RiThts Committee of- the EEC Parliament. Information
on Cyprus was inadequate and-sometimes-wrong. AKOE will-provide 000C with
a direct contact in Cyprus. Although the numbers of criminal prosecutions
each year was mill, a conviction for such a crime in Cyprus had a
devastating effect on the individual concerned.

9.- H E CASE

In contrast with some other cases on which IG-A members had been asked to
help, the actions.agreed on at Barcelona had not been undertaken by
M-r.nbers. Police harassment of paedophiles had increased greatly, as it
had on other gays in Britain. The i.:c-d for intc-rnational s-.upport was
particularly imnpc:it-ft as paedophiles cannot fight alone the battles
.wh t concern all gays and the riglats of. children to a sexual life.
Tr.m O'Carroll faced further charges of conspiracy to commit gross
indecency because he was found talking with 2 boys with a friend. The
second .trial will start in May,
It was agreed to recommend the following resolution to plenary session :

That in view of the failure of member groups to fulfil the terms of
the resolution of the Barcelona Congress, this Congress of IGA in
Torino re-affirms its condemnation of the PIE trial and the
conviction and imprii :',.m-nt. of Tom O'Carroll and demands his immediate
Members will prepare petitions of protest and demonstrations, in front
of British Embassies on Z2. 2.-: 1981 at the time when thl- 2nd trial
of T! O'Carroll is due to commence.
The condemnation of his trial and the demand for the release of Tom
O'Carroll must appear in the final press release of the Congress."


The prosecution of Body Politic was continuing, although Body Politic was
considering a further appeal to the Supreme Court. However, 50,000 dollars
had been spent on the case so far and because of this it might be necessary
for Body Politic to enter a plea of "no contest" rather than be driven
to bait:ruptcy by legal costs.
*The Toro-,nto police had recently made extensive raids on gay bars and saunas
and right-wing groups had s.-ruin; up attacking gay rights. Electoral
press uire5s had caused left-wi.g parties to reduce their support for gay
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rights. Body Politic will keep IGA informed of events in Canada
and asks for continued political and financial support which
Canadian gays reard as vital in their struggle.

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The :- Government continues its refusal to amend NZ human rights
legislation to include non-discriminatio.n on grounds of sexual
orientation, or to amend the NZ Crimes.Act. NGRC has started a
c':';l.aign of civil disobedience.
It was agreed to recommend the following resolution to the
plenary session :

T.-t IGA '..., member groups to support the HTGRO str.._ -le to
bring homosexual rights to the attention of the i., Government
.by urging their Governments to introduce the absence of homo-
sexual rights in _'\ Zealand into discussions of trade agreements
between their countries and New Zealand, "

A model letter will be supplied with the final report of the Congress,
and copies of letters should be sent to the Prime TIinistor and
the I'inister of Foreign Affairs, as well as the NCGRC and Information'
.aoers are also asked to request supportive Human Rights Commissions
to send details of sexual orientation clauses to the NZ Human. Rights

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12. EU:' C '- C C-- :T

The Hulsman committee is due to report this year in time for an
international o- ..,erence in Cambridge, [-l:nd. CETT will obtain
further details of the report and the conference and report to the

15. C o- S T -G CC H. ..: RIC II-:

Peter ..;.i-,n was preparing a submission on behalf of IGA to this
committee to extend the "..-.-, .an Convention on Human. Rights to
specifically cover homosexuals. He will report to the Secretariat.

SETA -"-4- had repxerse~tatives on the official bodies organising the
events of this yeaR.'~ o'..rLer :"1' -1..' who had not done so are urged to
ensure that they contact the national committees to ensure that
the needs of disabled gays are considered,

15. ?..,T.

As a result of the attempted coup d'etat in February, a situation
of repressive tolerance had got worse, IJany gby bars had been raided
and police harassment of gays in parks, stations and public
lavatories had increased, on the pretext of preventing delinquency,
prostitution and h:,--..:s. This harassment was only directed at gays.
FPAGC and other groups fear that there will be another coup d'etat
which, if it succeeded, would force many ga--' to leave Spain.

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It was agreed to recommend the following resolution to the plenary
session :
"/That. in view of the possibility of a coup d'etat in Spain which
Should result in many gay refugees, -'.n-,: ,;- of IGA should find
out how to activate their national r-fugee policies and the UN
S.,. |ref1-.-:. programme and be -pr.pwred to activate the life-lines

The IGA condemns the statement of Lt. Col. Tejero published
in the ABC newspaper that one of the causes of his attemp-:
coup d'etat in February was his rejection of those sick people
who claim for a third sex.", and the IGA re-affirms its
support for all Sr .nish gay women and men to enjoy complete*
freedom from harassment, equality in all fields and the same
human rights of the ot>' r peoples of Spain.

The IGA condemns the police raids on gay bars and other
meeting places of _"-.;. as a violation of their freedom of
association. "

During MPay. 11'-.1 member ,-r' will send letters of protest to Spanish
Embassies and consulates, with copies to FAGC. A model letter will
be circulated.

Amphi had been acquitted at the trial about one month ago, but the
Bill to prevent the spread of venereal disease had been recently passed
despite protests. Gay bars had recently been closed by the device of
not renewing their licences and others had been raided and, their
customers had been raided and their customers insult inl.-y c.'.'1.stioned
about their sexual lives. AKOE will send detailed information to the
Secretariat and member groups are a-':.:d to use this material to protest
the the Greek Government.

17. .- I,.L .REPUBLIC OF .;,.Y
The situation. of gays in West Ger... -~ ias bettVer than in most countries,
but the lack of gay political strength me:,'t that any deterioration.-
and there were signs of this could not be easily fouih:t. However,
a --i..:" I:.4-e- ---l group- had recently-set up i. :..:..c to
raise money,to fight cases involving gays as well as to help finance
-. sy bookshops and the gay hostel in Gtti. i;.


This petition calling for an end to discrimination against homosex uals
at work had collected 16,000 signatures and had been presented to the
President of the National Asseobly; the law had still not been changed.

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In the absence of GAA, no report was made.


In the absence of a delegate from 248, no report was given.

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i .* CUBAN I. 'r.! I ..7

F'8 produced a repc-rt which will be translated and circulated by the
Secretariat. COC'reported that the Dutch/Cuban Fri :-.;.ship Society
had agreed to include 2 gays'among its party on their next visit to
Cuba specifically to raise at an official level the question of the
social control of homosexuals.
Member are urged to contact their local Cuban Friendship
Societies to attempt a similar process, but they are'advised to be
careful not to allow criticism of the Cuban attitudes to gays to b.-
used by ril..t-.ring groups to attack Cuba generally.


HIembor-groups are requested to write to the SDD in Austria the
governing socialist party urging the repeal of Articles 209,21.0,
220,221 of the ALitj.ian Penal Code copies of which e. been
circulated b- HOSI Vienna as well as to the Austrian Socialist Youth
and their own socialist parties to put pressure on the Austrian party
and Government to repeal these Article s which, inter alia, make
any favourable mention of homosexuality an offence.


There was not a .-r at deal of information, but individual gays were
beginning to co-operate-and a group may emerge at some stage. It was
very i,.portant to maintain individual contacts a-.;: the Secretariat
had a number of names and addresses if individuals wished to contact
gay Poles.
The Secretariat will be asked to find out from these contacts :..h:,t
sort of ;!':. rc,:hoes they would like :eirber r.-ups to make to Solidarity
and the Polish Communist Party in order to raise the issue of gay
rights in Poland.
A Polish production of the gay lil..-ration play HISTER X seemed
likely to be performed later this -.r, and it would be the first
such play to aep.:ar in Poland.

24. F't'.TCE

On 25 October 1980 the French :tional Assembly voted for an amendment
maintaining the discriminatory article 551 alinoa 3 of the Penal Code.
As a result, the age of consent remains at 18 for French homosexuals
cc:.i*-..l d with 15 for heterosexuals. At the initiative of CUARH and
other gay organizations, a request was made to the Constitutional
Council by the Socialist Party to declare this ame.,i,.-nt
unconstitutional having regard to--the preamble of the French
Constitution. This request has been rejected by the Constitutional
France is a member of the Council of Europe and a sicnatory to the
European Cc'-.-*-ntion on Human Rights, but France does not permit
the right of individual al -lication for French citizens. CUAEI
therefore asks for the help of a foreign gay .,..i of a country which
does have this right to introduce an application to the European
Commission of Human Rights askcir-- it to declare the amend ent
.to be contrary to, the Convention, This is the only way in whiph
the issue can be ,: 't before the Commission and, perhaps, Court.

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CU.'LFRH also urges member groupii.- to contact their r.:-pr'r-s-:tatives in
the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to persuade them
to initiate a debate on t.:- recent report of the C o.L's Social
and Health Committee on homosexuality, which recommends the removal
of discrimination against gays.


ZSETA circulated a written report about their application to the
L H Human Rights Committee,

This will be issued wit the final Co.._r:-ss report.

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It '.a .- re- 1 to recommend the following resolution about the case
of Eliane Morrisens to the plenary session :

"That.IGA -.protests against the: occupational security check to which
Eliane Morrisens was subjected following the statement made by her
about her lesbianism on RTB ( French-speaking Belgian Radio & Television)
and her subsequent d i:--r.issal from employment. IGA .:trongly objects to
the abu-:c, of power by the school that emplo;-_d her and by the provincial
authorities of Hainaut.
IGA supportss her ri Lt to freedom of -.peech and calls for her to
be re-instated. "

The Secretariat will send the text of this resolution to the appropriate
body in Belgium, as advised by T-T,.
FVPH .L11il also send the Secret.-Lriat information on the Conference on
Sexology to be held in lI.r:ol in June so thi,,t member groups can contact
their national dblej--te to this Coi,.l rer,.-e to u.r.' that homosexuality
be given proper discussion. It is thought that 'altsters ::.Johnson
will present a paper on curing homoas.-l.-1lity.

27. CHI LE
RFSL presented a written report on the situation in Chile which will be
circulated with the Congress report. They will continue to monitor the
situation there.

28. .US I'T: -GRATION ILA7.'
Homosexuals can be refused entry to the USA as sexual deviants and
psychopathic personalities, but this can only be done under State
Department guidelines if indivi.lrl-. declare themselves to be homosexual,
or otherwise make this or-.-'L:us.
If someone is thought to be gay s/he is paroled into the US with a
special visa code 212A4 for a shrter time than would be permitted 'with a '
visa. A protest action was proposed which it was agreed to carry out if
member groups could organise it :

.(a) For 3 weeks in the Summer in 5 or 6 European cities 10 people per
day should apply for visas stating that they are homosexual. This
will cause an enormous amount of work in US _-b-:ssies.

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(b) American groups would try to find Canadian and ".::-ican j-.ys
to cross the Canadian and T,,exican borders during the same
-.:'riod who would declare themselves to be homosexual. This
would involve the Justice Department which has responsibility
for border guards.

(c) A test case could be made if an employee of C00 travelled to
the USA on a business visa which does not ask any questions
about sexuality who would then declare herself/himself to
be homosexual on arrival at the USA.

The Washington Office will provide the Secretariat with information
on how to deal with the visa questions and border problems for IGA
delegates to the 4th IGA Con gress in .ashington. It is advisable
that those particiy..ting in the protest action this Summer should
not be one of the dole : .tes to the Congress, as this might provide an
excuse to refuse a visa.


The .ashington Office had received 3 proposals :

(1) The New York Propsal
That there should be an international march on the U. in 1982

(2) T1. Boston Proposal
That regional and. local meetir :. should be held to culminate in
another march on Washington in 1982 with foreign participa-tion,
but hold an international march on the TT- in 1983,

(3) A combination East Coast proposal

To organise on the local and state level in 1981/2; to organise
plans for national action in re ",_ot of the Presidential elections
in 1 4, and an international march on the UN in 1985/6

The Americans will meet to discuss these -.r-:posals next weekend -
26/27 April and they will not march on the UN without international
support. Clint Hockenberry will write to that meeting with the views
of IGA.

It was agreed that the principle of a march-on the-. was.sound. How-
ever, it is necessary to focus the march on something. It was sue_..-sted
that should declare 1983 the International Year of Lesbian and Gay
Human Rights, should present a charter of such rights as, e,g; in
the draft Convention presented at Barcelona; that a working party
should prepare a detailed report on violations of the human rights of
lesbians and gay men throughout the world; and that the march should
not just be on the n.. in .:-w York, but on all the 'I' centres, including
Geneva and Vienna, at the time when -the respective bodies ar in session.
^.n^^^Ci.:. The plenary session would be asked to consider this matter and take
the. final decision. Those people willing to serve on a working party
should inform Clint Hookenberry.

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30. AUSTRA~IA The following resolutions are roconmehdcd to
The IGA notes with pleasure the Victorian Government',s recent
reform of the sexual offences laws in that state eats
homosexual and heterosexual sex equally, and instructs the Secret-
ariatrto inform the Premier and Attorney-General of Victoria of
this resolution. Ud^,4 sicE o m
Addresses: The Hon. R J Hamer, ED, 0P, The Hon. Haddon Storey MP,
premier of Victoria, Attorney General of Victoria
Public Offices, Parliament House,
Melbourne VIC 300'2, Melbourne VIC 3002,

SThe IGA condemns the anti-gay attitude of the NSi' Government, in
particular its bringing in a Bill -..'hic will ma ke the rpen-lties
for consenting sex between men higher than those for rape.
The IGA calls on all member.'groups to write to the Premier of New
South 'oles.calling on him to abolish the anti-gay lv,-s.
The IGC calls on all member gr -ups in contact with parties in the
Socialist International asking them to condemn the Australia n
Labor Party for Premier "'.ra.''s failure even to permit Parliamentary
debate on the proposal of Labor MP George Petersen to amend the
Bill so as to give homosexual men equality vith heterosexuals.
Address: Neville 'rar'., MP, Copies to: Gay Rights Lobby,
Premier of NSW, PO Box 102,
Parliament House, Chippendale NSW 2008
Sydney NSW: 2000, Australia .

^ LThe IGA, strongly a.i porting the inclusion of accurate and
unprejudiced information about homosexuality in school sex education
programmes, (i) -:i_:.ies th Australia n Schools Commission for making
a grant towards the devel';L:r; t of an educational kit on homosexuality
for use in Am NSW schools, (ii) condemns Mr 7-.l Fife, Australian
Minister for Educati n, for his propos ed 'iiMr.a'.l of the grant, and
(iii) praises T;r Paul Linda, -s3W Education Minister, for defending in
the NSW Parliament :hc develori:;--t of the kit.
The IGA urges zall mrmbe g-r ups to write in defence of the kit to:
The Hon W Fife, Prof. P Tannock, The Hon. P Landa,
Parliament House, Chairman, Parliament House,
Canberra ACT 2600 Aust. Schools Comm. Sydney NSW 2000.
Woden ACT
with copies to Gay Rights Lobby.

Chairpersons of W;orkshops 2 & 5 : Jan Olav of ZLT '48 & Jamie Gardiner
Reporters of Workshops : Kjell Rinder & Peter-Ashman, who is responsible
for all errors, omissions & inadvertent libels.

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