Gay Liberation Against The Right Everywhere
Organization profile published 1983
Year Published: 1983
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2701
Abstract: GAY LIBERATION AGAINST THE RIGHT EVERYWHERE (GLARE) is a collective of gay men working with lesbian-feminists to fight the rigid enforcement of sexual norms and roles. In response to "escalating right-wing attacks on our communities", hate literature, and police harrassment, GLARE is providing accurate information about gay men and lesbians, exposing the motivations of gropus who attack them, organizing community events, and initiating or particapting in marches and other public actions.
GLARE warns that the same forces that attack the gay and lesbian communities pose a threat to everyone who wants a freer, fuller life - especially workers, women, immigrants, blacks, and all who oppose the arms race - because "they want everyone to keep his/her place...and they mean to decide where that place is." More specifically these groups want to keep women in the home, keep workers unorganized and with lower wages, and keep building the arsenals in preparation for nuclear war. "These people like the world the way it is. They appose any kind of change that might mean a better life for many more people, because they fear it might cost them a little of their power or privilege."
In its flyer "That's us. But . . . .", GLARE describes some of these groups and their repressive actions. Two of the most dangerous are the police and religious bigots. While anti-gay/lesbian hate literature circulates with the blessing of the law, the police have been working for three years to close down the respected gay liberation journal The Body Politic. At the same time, conservative "Christian" organizations like Renaissance International and the "Moral Majority" actively maintain the myth that homosexuals are child molesters (despite tha fact that all reputable studies show that more than 90% of all sexual abuse of children is done by heterosexual men with girls very often in the same family).
GLARE wants to ensure "our ability to live as open loving lesbians and gay men" and hopes that, by struggling together, all people can have the chance to become the people they choose to be - heterosexual, gay, or lesbian.
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1983.
See also CX2990.