GFM Archive : Larry Chang's Report of the 3rd Annual IGA Conference


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IGA Conference Turin 1981


This is the report of the third annual conference which was presented by Larry Chang to a special meeting of the Gay Freedom Movement on 25 May, 1981
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mlr) Hi.U.jUTAL
I N T Ri'-.TI 'ON. L GAY n S OCl 'S''IuJ

Torre Pellice/Torino, Italy

18-20 April 1981

presented by Larry Ch.,ng
to a special meeting of the
Gay Fre'.om Movement
25 Haiv 1981

ii.v presence at the 3rd Annual Conference of the IGA is of
historical significance on many levels. I ami honoured to
be the first Jam.aican, the first iest Indian and probably,
the first Oriental to attend an IGA Conference. This was
ma de eos..:;ible by the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group
(SfHRU), our twin organization, who not only encour-a.:ed us
to attend, but also 'wx'rr is all f'r f reign exchange
needs. Their dona tion also enabled me to purchase books
r-L.:.nin for our library. For all this, we sincerely
thank 'Hhi-l and Ian Christie in particular.

I am also very grateful to the Jamaican g'v community for
your tremendous moral and financial support, raisint enough
money for the return fare to London and a small surplus.
This is, perhaps, the most significant'develop.ment of the
whole exercise inc-l'iding my Lo-in to the Conference itself,
since it shows that we can come u.o.ether and achieve our
goals. It shows we are rT ., y to move on.

While we may be gratif'ied i ;torical firsts, positive and
encouraging as they are, we cannot be complacent. In real
terms, our participation at this conference amounts to
little more than tokenism. ihe benefits to us from my ex-
perience and from the contacts I have made will be immeasurable
and far-rec-.hing indeed. 3u,.t until more women and non-white
people are included IGA, and )by extension ,the international
g.'. liberation movemenrit will continue to be dominated by the
concerns of g;/, white males.

Fortunately, many del---''tes were aware of this i:ribaltince and
reference was made to it throughout the "conference. This was



expr,,ssed in many forms: disstisfact.ion with the structure
and )rginization of the c inference e itself; t-e p"1 triarchl
attitude of the host organization; attacks .-g-inst Pexism,
classism and racism. It all boils down to -ay white male
sup. "--acy reflecting that of the wider world. If we s
,.'av people cannot remove some of the opprr-sion that enslves
us, then I doubt it can be done. We have to begin by
cl--ning our house before we can expect the world to eoen
open its doors.'' Some proposals ee~-ngtH of the workshops
were accepted and are a step in the right direction. Gender
parity whereby one of a member org-_ni]7 tion's two votes must
go to a female if the Lr"-.1up is mixed has been established
to give women a -trnonfer voice, compensating for their
smaller number. Workshops 1-Structure, 6.Medini 10-3rd
World, 11-Youth and 12-Women indepen.]ently proposed similar/
motions for travel assistance, low cost structure loS gt y youth,
,'Jmen indnn-Ee white people, and
poorer ,rljup. These Ed A k
were si s included in the original -HhRG piJ rasai submission
and included in the Conference papers. We can only hope that
these ,ropusals will be carried out.

The conference ope-ned, after some initial confusion, with a
plenary session which was 'aairessed by the Vice :-I*aor of
Torre Pellice, the town outside of Turin in which the con-
ference was held. He welcomed the delegates ant on behalf
of the municipality, apo.lo-ised for the absence of the mayoro r
and wished us a productive congress. Marco Sorgetti of
F',, CI!, the host ori.<:ination t en welcomed the delegates
from about 70 ore, .nixitions in about 50 countries. The
plenary proceedirics were conducted in En!..lish for t e most
part,with simultaneous translation by tAe use of ear-phones
into Italian, Spani h and French.

A brief history of IGrn was given by Brim Bol of COC, Amsterdam.
A number of household matters were dealt with such as not
rov-i!, during the pli.ary, the television liIhtL. L ioi too
briht and some p-ople not wi.hiuL, to be photo.r.'hed'. The
a -,.1a was discussed and accepted after the i1.iti.:ntI of
workshops on the 3rd World, Youth and Women. .'; i- t ,.,
another workshop. was udded on Gay Lifestyle. ne:- their
v'rkshops dealt with IGA structure, Political Actions,
religion, .%edia, Leather.& Sado-masochism, Tranc.exzuality
and Political parties.

Several reports were passed:

report of the 1980 3Barcelona Conference, after sFme h-tr-h
criticism of the IGR Secretariat by members of Fallen angels,
London over the Secretaria:-t's l.ick of action in the Faedophile
informationn Exchange case.

Report of the Ghent Summer iIeeting. /

i.. wi

Reportof the International Lesbian Information Secretariat
(ILIS) in Amsterdam.

A ve bal report of the ILIS Conference held in Torino just
prior to the present conference. There it was decided to
separate ILIS from IGA to form an autonomous ;ro'up. iny
women present regretted this move, suggesting that the pre-
ppnderance*of Italian tembians at the ILIS Conference
steam-rollered this decision through. i'ne'ymaMxp1,Z
suggested that the structure afd organization of the
present conference may have deterred many bf the wmen who
had been at the ILIS conference from comic ; to this one.
erhcaps the men could learn from ILIS how to organize
economical conferences. One of the fe'r moments of unity
came when the women pledged to continue *ior-in-r within IGA
wh le they would support ILIS and were roundly applauded.

Report of the American Liaison Office

Report of the Information Secretariat

Report of the F inaniali Centrwhich indicated that m-iny members
had not paid their subscription. itgplications by newomembers
S one thr-v w^id thi-ir ig ..s
were considered and *;u lons were accepted: 28
full members, iri.luina GFT-1; and 2 associate members. (rF`'
wes Lr.inted full voting rights 2 votes upon acceptance.
The only objection was to the application of the Irish Gay
Rights movementt i; the nationall C-y Federation, also of Ire-
land because of squabbles between them. 'T'i, objection was
not supported so Ii.u" was in. Prop sals ware made for IGA to
mediate between the two groups.

Even the Christians were not fr-e from bickering. .h--n ,e
Rev. Joseph Doucet of the Centre du Christ Liberateur, Paris
announced there would be an ecu enical service Nthe following
morning, Sunday, mainstream Christiana dele.:--tes, prob-lly
Church of Enilarod, objected ikxa to a "ghetto" service and
urged churchiioers to attend loaal services in the town. They
objected also to Rev. Douce't as the I&A representative to the
World Council of Churches as l:ng "theologically" and "'ol-
itically" 'ron ,. He withdrew and there was no ghetto service
and IGA has no representative zt the ZCl.

The first plnw ended with "m.Ar: of us disappointed and frus-
trated .v the internal bikkerLrig. 'i- conf rence did not seem
to be addressing the problems which were of foremost concern--
our comTon- opreasion and how to deal with it. I was resess
and imp.atient to get some work done. In retrospect, I realize
that we were g- many aspects of orppession .rion
ourselves: intolerance, sexism, classism. These have
to be lealt with before we can make any prr-e-ss.

i. .....e^ ^' ^ -^ "'4'

1 -> V -i irar de-la Ma.. 1

0 ,Por que es en mi ojos tan ondo el mirar? Why
Que a fin de cortar ,i-:-mnes y enojos los I mi
suelo entornar.
Que fuego dentro llevaran Such
Que si acaso con calor los clavo en mi Thai
-. amor,
Sonrojo me dan. The)
T-' ~ 4Pror eso el chispero 6 quien mi alma 'T,-
(, di,
Ai verse ante mi me tira el sombrero Whe
Y diceme asi: Mi majid No me mires mas, And

Que tus ojos r:.yos son,
Y ardiendo en pasi6n, la muerte me dan.


do my eyes~w.v': this deep look?
ust lower my lids to mask scorn
and hatred.
i fire they give forth
if'by chance With passion I
fix them on my love.
r make me blush.
-efore, the Chi.-po'r:-' to whom
I have given my soul,
i meeting me, pulls his hat down
says to me: My maja. Do not
look at me,
your eyes are like 1i h. ir, g,
with their b-uri'i-ng passion, they
destroy me.

8. Amor y Odio
(Love and Hate)

Pense que yo sabria ocultar la pena mia,

Que por estar en lo profundo,
No alcanzara a ver el mundo

Este amor callado que en majo malvado
En mi alma encendi6.
Y no fue asi, porque el vislumbro

El pesar oculto en mi.
Pero fue en vano que vislumbrar&,
Pues el villano mostr6se ajeno de que
la amara,
Y esta es la pena que sofro ahora:

Sentir mi alma llena
De amor por quien me olvida,
Sin que una luz alentadora
Surja en las sombras de mi vida.

I thought I would know how to hide
my sorrow,
To hide it so well,
That the world would not be able to
This silent love that a wicked :r.o
Fired in my soul.
But it was not so, because he
My secret suffering.
Yet it was in vain that he noticed it,
For the villian proved indifferent
to my loving him,
And this is the pain which I suffer
To feel my soul full
Of love for one who forgets me,
Without one hopeful light
To brighten the shadows of my life.









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