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About Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013 | View Entire Issue (June 1, 1985)
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To the Editor:
I was intrigued by the “ Further depressing
note" — the 2nd of two April editorials on the
recent gains that homophobia has made in
the greater Portland community. You reported
that in January the manager of the Lloyd
Center Tradewell store removed the Just Out
newspaper rack and its contents because 8
to 10 people complained to him about the
store distributing the paper. I could not help
noticing the parallels to another incident of
discrimination that, coincidentally, also
occurred in January.
I, having written an article on the 1984
national conference of the North American
Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) which
appeared in the November issue of Just Out,
and having also placed a classified ad about
NAMBLA, went to your office in January to
place another ad. Your advertising director
told me that the paper had received a com
plaint by telephone from one woman and
hostile inquiries from a local reporter regard
ing the previously published material on
NAMBLA. Also, several of Just Out's
advertisers had called the paper — not rais
ing any objections to the publication of the
article or ad — but merely to inform the paper
that they, the advertisers, had received a
com plaint from one woman. I was told that a
decision had been made that Just Out would
not accept any more ads about NAMBLA nor
any further articles "from NAMBLA"
Reading your editorial, I was struck by the
coincidence that the Tradewell newspaper
rack was removed in January — presumably
a few days or weeks after the decision was
made for the paper to be in the closet about
m an/boy sexuality and love and to be "just
out" in regard to more nearly acceptable
form s of socially deviant sexuality and affec
tion. I guess that's what’s meant by the
expression, "What goes around comes
Since the first time I saw your publication, I
had assumed that the "Just" in your name
meant “ newly" or "freshly"; after your deci
sion to exclude NAMBLA from your pages it
appeared “Just" meant "only” or “selectively."
But, perhaps I was again mistaken. After
learning of your being the victim of the
Tradewell manager's discrimination, I won
der if "Just” refers to your karma, as in "reap
ing your just reward." (Surely it doesn’t mean
you are “ Out o f’ or “ lacking" "Justice")
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Although it's not usually manifested so
quickly, the reality of our world is that just as
"violence begets violence," so also does pre
judice beget prejudice. Denying certain
people or beliefs access to the media closes
us all off from new ideas and fosters an envi
ronment of bigotry and of insensitivity to the
rights and feelings of others. When we base
our decisions and actions on prejudices, we
set an example that encourages, rather than
discourages, others to act on behalf of their
own prejudices or the prejudices of the
people around them.
Please allow me to make one more parallel
with your editorial by borrowing your ques
tion to your readers, reworded to address the
issue of excluding NAMBLA from your
pages: How many children and former
children object to the editor’s decision? We
would like to know. Call or write Just Out if
you routinely expected Just Out to include
news and viewpoints of all divergent sexual
preferences and opinions — or at least all
homosexual ones — or if you would like it to.
The editor replies:
While the editor does not, personally, feel
that NAMBLA deserves rejection from the
J ust Out classified ads. the consensus of the
Just Out staff is to refuse further advertising
Compromise, it seems, is inevitable. Isn t
it, J. Pinocchio?
"Not OK" to
Dear Readers of Just Out:
I write in response to an article in the
Oregonian about the City’s plans to construct
a four-lane highway for big trucks along the
Columbia Slough or through the West Delta
Park area. In concordance with this news,
PGE recently reported their request to con
struct a 500-acre waterfront industrial
development on West Hayden Island. PGE
admits that this "development will have
significant effect on the West Hayden Island
habitat.” These companies talk about how
little land there is left for development They
apparently do not care that there is no land
left for wildlife.
I am amazed at people like John Gray,
coordinator of the City’s project, and the em
ployees of PGE involved in their project who
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To the editor:
In 1984 C har Priolo attended a Lesbian
Forum where women from the disabled
com m unity discussed, among other issues,
the need for events that are accessible to
disabled to be advertised as such. Also a
woman representing hearing-impaired
women discussed the desire and need of
including hearing-impaired women by pro
viding an interpreter.
I called Ms. Priolo, the manager of the
Dyketones. and asked for a personal
interview at h< r convenience, to discuss the
accessibility a id disability outreach issue.
She refused to see me and has yet to respond
are so pretentious to think a dollar value can
be placed on life.
It is NOT OK to construct any highway or
development which will further affect or en
danger the Great Blue Heron rookery or any
other wildlife in the West Delta Park area or on
West Hayden Island or anywhere else in
We must not let these people who are pro
tecting their wallets destroy our lives. As we
continue to destroy our environment we de
stroy ourselves. Will you help?
to a letter sent April 4 which addressed these
I am asking that your readers appeal to the
manager of the Dyketones to please return to
the policy they followed before November
1984, which included outreach to the disab
led and interpreters for the hearing impaired
women. We would once again like to be in
cluded at their performances.
Just Out, June. 1986
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