San Francisco’s 90,000-strong homosexual community has exploded in a new militancy to make society recognize that “gay is good.” A recent three-day seminar for ministers, counselors, and social workers sponsored by the Council on Religion and the Homosexual in “the gay jewel of the Western Hemisphere” stressed the need for people to consider the homosexual life style equally as acceptable as the heterosexual one.
Spokesmen from radical gay organizations (Gay Liberation Front, Gay Women’s Liberation) and liberal ones (Society for Individual Rights, Daughters of Bilitis) were united in their rejection of views that homosexuality is unnatural, immoral, sick, or socially objectionable. Rather, they considered the gay life as a completely normal and satisfying option for sexual fulfillment.
The seminar stressed that an increasing number of homosexuals are weary of “closet queen” existence—concealing their homosexuality behind a “straight life” facade—and are determined to resist social ostracism, employment discrimination, and legal harassment.
Gay seminarian Nick Benton of Berkeley’s Pacific School of Religion told conferees that “Christianity has been one of the main causes of homosexual repression.” He said gay students in seminaries related to the Graduate Theological Union were planning to request publicly that their schools make clear their position on homosexual relationships and ordination.
Former Episcopalian James Foster, political-action chairman of the Society for Individual Rights, stated: “I am not convinced that there is validity to the Judaeo-Christian ethic of sexuality.” He commended the Reverend Troy Perry of the homosexual Metropolitan Community Church “for getting gay people together” (see Sept. 11 issue, page ...1
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