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By David Webb
'-Christine Jarosz is a women’s rights campaigner who has led Dallas lesbians for 28 years. She
is a former president of the Dallas chapter of the National Organization for Women, founder of
the now defunct Lesbian Resource Centre, founder and director of the Women s Communities
Association and creator and director of Words of Women, an international history project and
essay competition. Her organization is currently working on a rape intervention project, because
“there doesn’t seem to be a public outcry against rape and violence against women like there
used to be.”
What was it like being a lesbian activist 28 years ago?
TheJtzOs were a very powerful time for women. It was all for one and one for all. It was the
beginning of an empowennent movement for women. The city was smaller, the idea was new
and there weren’t so many things to do, so everybody was more unified.
What changes do you see in Dallas’ LGBT community today?
The good thing about now is that there are more things to do, but the community is less solidi-
fied. You don’t see a lot of demonstrations for rights in Dallas. I miss that, because it makes you
a thorn in the side of whoever is in power and people pay attention to you.
Has the community become complacent?
Maybe that’s a good word for it.
Are lesbians and gay men more unified than in years past?
I thinl there is more unification. I think in order for all groups to proceed further, we do that
hand-in-hand rather than at cross purposes. I still think it is important for us to separate out and
work on women’s issues. Women’s issues are still on the bottom of the list for most people.
Are lesbians more liberated than gay men or vice-versa?
It all depends on the culture in which we live. Eureka Springs, Arkansas, that’s female. Dallas
is male. We’re more liberated somewhere else, but here I don’t think we are. 1 saw a Pnde
parade in Fayetteville. It was almost 70 percent female. It depends on where you live.
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