The Guide, January, 1989; volume 9, number 4

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Title: Slamming the door on truth

Author: French Wall

Summary: The AIDS crisis has wrongly led some gay leaders to work with police against gay cruising or sex in public places.

First sentence(s): New assaults are being made on overt sexuality by sex police emboldened by AIDS hysteria and the Just-Say-No mentality. Amazingly, the gay community has often sat silently by, or even supported these attacks.

Keywords: AIDS hysteria, public sex, gay cruising, illegal sex, sexual freedom ---- Letters to the editor:

Topics: Gay youth seeks info on NAMBLA, Leather Weekend 1989, bisexual veterans, insurance protection in Massachusetts.

Dirty Dishes

Author: French Wall

Topics: proposal to castrate sex offenders in Indiana, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duchess of York, Mel Brooks and Salman Rushdie, Jim Wright, Michael Dukakis, child nudity, Washington sex scandals, boxing in New Jersey, Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan Madonna, Adrienne Barbeau, Jimmy Somerville protests at UK prison, Robin Hood.

Common Sense

Author: John Mitzel

Title: Crime file: Batman goes straight! Summary: The new Batman film makes the iconic comic-book figure unreasonably heterosexual

First sentence(s): Holy Cow! The Caped Crusader without his Boy Wonder! Cripes! It’s a crying shame! ... Like a Stalinist purge of the comics, Robin has suddenly become a non-person. Once again, the heterosexual tyranny exercises its normalcy hegemony.

Keywords: Batman, Robin, homosexuality, pederasy, J. Edgar Hoover

Speaking Out of His Mind

Author: Lester R. Grubé (Edward Hougen)

Title: Letters to Lester

Summary: The meaning of ‘straight-acting / straight-appearing’, Shelley Winters, Totie Fields, de-worming pills

National Gay Enquirer

Article type: main feature

Author: French Wall, Chris Pomiecko

Summary: April fool’s spoof of the famed supermarket tabloid, ‘National Enquirer’.

First sentence(s): Liz Taylor’s latest ailments: Blow cramps

Keywords: Liz Taylor, Barbara Bush, Ed Koch, Tammy Bakker, Divine, Elton John, Richard Simmons, pigs and porpoises caused AIDS, Matt Dillon, crabs, gay pit bull kills poorly dressed child

Hungerstriker for justice

Article type: main feature

Author: Bill Andriette Summary: Gay attorney with AIDS Stuart McDonald goes on hunger strike to protest discrimination against gay people with HIV.

First sentence(s): His lover was dead, his close friends dying, and he was jobless because no Bay Area law firm would hire a young attorney with AIDS-related complex. Stuart McDonald hit bottom last November.

Keywords: hunger strike, anti-gay discrimination, HIV discrimination, Stuart McDonald ---- Sex in the News

Author: Boyd McDonald

Titles: Basketball coach ‘assaults’ boy; Naked youths want butts autographed; Texas officials study hard-ons; Preacher sucks, takes it in the ass; Woman says she was raped by two cops; The joy of heterosexuality.

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