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About Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 14, 1984)
Vol. 1, No. 23
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Graphic Design Director
E. Ann Hinds
D J. Custard
Gay baiting in
Last week, two of Oregon's major news
sources, the Oregonian and KGW-TV,
reported the discovery of AIDS in a blood
donor in Portland who gave blood six times in
the past three years. Both stories, straightfor
ward and to the point gave little or no hint of
anti-gay sentiment Both stories stressed the
im portance that persons in groups at high risk
refrain from donating blood. So far, so good.
However, the presentation of both stories
leaves much to be desired. The Oregonian
placed another story, healdined AIDS kills
innocent bystander, directly below the local
AIDS story. The second story reported the
death of a woman in San Francisco who,
after surgery two years ago, received 20 units
of blood, one of which had been donated by a
man later diagnosed with AIDS, "a fatal dis
ease that mainly strikes homosexual men.”
The story did not explicitly state that the
woman died from AIDS; it said she “fell ill with
mysterious ailments and exhausting fevers.”
In the same vein, but a bit more heavy-
handed, KGW-TV sandwiched the local AIDS
story between a report on Rajneeshees re
cruiting street people in several cities across
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the nation and a story on leaking germ
warfare cannisters at the (J.S. Army's storage
facility at Umatilla, Oregon.
The end of the germ-warfare item was es
pecially appalling — footage shot from a heli
copter of the grave-shaped mounds which
cover the storage chambers stretching to the
horizon and looking for all the world like a
Both the Oregonian and KGW-TV are
owned by the Newhouse chain. And for what
it’s worth, the Newhouses also own Gentle
men 's Quarterly.
To the Editor,
One of Cherry Hartman’s last monumental
tasks of Administration of Phoenix Rising was
the organization of the first annual “Women
in the Woods.”
Taking place at Breitenbush “Women in
the Woods" consisted of sixty-one lesbians (I
have no doubt that the second annual will be
twice as many) leaving reality behind for four
days of total relaxation, healing workshops,
hot tubbing, saunas, swimming, hiking, and
making new friends.
I would like to take this opportunity to pub
licly thank Cherry and the staff of the Breiten
bush community for making possible one of
the best four day weekends I have ever had.
Just Out, September 14-September 28