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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, December 9, 1987

Wayman, LaGRO(

(Continued fromPage 1)
people willing to participate on
a limited basis.
Wayman said that she learned to
deal with her homosexuality at a
relatively early age. She had been
attracted exclusively to females since
the age of four, and by the time she
was 11 years old, she "realized it
Wasn't going to change." She
admitted her lesbianism to her
family at the age of 14.
Wayman's father, Jerry, said that
after Carol opened up, she seemed to
be much more comfortable with
herself and got along much better
with her family members than she
had in the previous few years.
T-, elder Wayman said that he
approves completely of Carol's
"Coming out" and of her in-
volvement with LaGROC. His only
concern, he said, is about "her future
career choices. Depending on her
choice of jobs, (her lesbianism)
could hurt her. But I think she
knows that... I'm very proud of her."
But Carol also discovered that not

all people would be as supportive as
her family.
Wayman saw a psychiatrist to help
her deal with the problems of trying
to cope within a predominantly
heterosexual world. "He told me that
I was 'disgusting' and that I was
going to hell," she said.
She found similar problems in
getting support from her peers. "I
lost all of my straight friends from
school" after admitting her sexual
preference, she said.
Wayman added that the lack of
support which homosexuals receive
from the community made her more
devoted to her activities.
"I had run track since I was nine
years old, and this just made me run
harder... you don't think about
things when you're running," she
When she entered college,
Wayman began to focus much of
this energy on work in the gay
rights movement. As a first-year
student, she started a lesbian/gay

defend gc
support group for students living in
the Bursley residence hall.
BUT WAYMAN soon dis-
covered that homophobia was as
present in Ann Arbor as it was in
her hometown of Mayfield Heights,
Wayman made no secret of the
fact that she was a lesbian, and was
often seen putting up gay rights
posters around her residence hall.
These posters were frequently ripped
down by students and she started
finding messages such as "fucking
lesbians" written on her room door.
Wayman responded to the abuse
through a method which she called
"Disarming the Jerks," responding to
their hostility with friendliness.
She recalled one incident when a
group of students were yelling "Hey,
lesbian" at her as she walked around
Bursley. "I walked up to them and
said, 'Oh, hi, are you gay, too? Have
you heard of the lesbian/gay support
group...?' They didn't know what to
do... they don't expect that, they
want you to be really hostile."
She said that the verbal abuse
"didn't really offend me... it was like
yelling, 'Hey, straight person."'
Through her work at LaGROC,
Wayman has organized several
events to increase public acceptance
of homosexuality. One such event
was a gay "Integration Night" held at
Dooley's last month, in which she
helped organize a group of 50 to 70
homosexual students to go to the
Wayman said that the purpose of
the Integration Night was to
demonstrate how homosexuals are

ty rights
discouraged from displaying affection
publicly. She said that some of the
bar's patrons threatened violence
against them and that the disc jockey
initially refused to play any slow
man and LaGROC have been
pushing for a change in University
bylaw 14.06, which forbids
discrimination on the basis of such
characteristics as race, sex, and
religion. They want the bylaw to be
amended to prohibit discrimination
on the basis of sexual orientation as
Wayman said that she has become
increasingly involved in the political
aspects of gay rights because
homosexuals "have done a great job
of supporting each other, but not of
getting our rights.., it's still
completely legal to discriminate
against gays."
Wayman said that LaGROC has
made several important advances,
including the establishment of full-
time hours for the University Gay
Advocate's office and the inclusion
of homosexuals in the University
Affirmative Action Office's "Tell
Someone" program.
But she added that there still needs
to be significant changes in public
attitudes toward homosexuals. She
said that both University
administration and civic government
need to take action to make prejudice
against gays unacceptable.
"We want people to realize that
you don't have to be heterosexual"
to live a normal life, Wayman said.
"We want them to say, 'It's OK to
be gay, and we'll protect you."'




Compiled from Associated Press reports
French expel Khomeini critics
PARIS - France expelled 17 opponents of the Khomeini regime
yesterday in what appeared to be another step in a plan for restoring
normal relations with Iran and securing the release of French hostages in
The government denies any deal the fundamentalist Shiite Moslem
regime in Tehran, but recent developments indicate an arrangement.
Welcoming two freed hostages home Nov. 27, conservative Premier
Jacques .Chirac said resumption of normal relations with Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini's government was desirable but could not occur until
all French hostages were released.
Still held by pro-Iranian extremist groups in Lebanon are French
diplomats Marcel Fontaine and Marcel Carton, and journalist Jean-Paul
Kauffman. A fourth French citizen, researcher Michel Seurat, is believed
to have died or been killed in captivity.
Gunfire may be cause of crash
CAYUCOS, Calif. - A fired airline worker who wanted to kill his
boss smuggled a .44-caliber Magnum handgun onto a jetliner whose crew
reported gunshots just before a fiery crash killed all 43 on board, ABC
News reported yesterday.
The airline confirmed that a fired USAir employee and his former boss
were on Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, which crashed Monday
afternoon. USAir recently bought PSA.
"At this point it does not appear that it was an accident," said Richard
Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles. "It appears at
this point-and has yet to be substantiated- that it was a criminal act on
board that caused the craft to come down."
"We have no basis to believe that the accident was caused by a
mechanical reason or a crew error," PSA President Russ Ray said in a
memo to airline employees.
Critics question accuracy of
airport security checkpoints
WASHINGTON - Airport security checkpoints have confiscated
thousands of weapons over the years, but critics say the screening is
uneven among airlines and airports and FAA spot checks have shown
guns may often get through.
The accuracy of passenger screening programs at airports came under
fire earlier this year after a series of test by the Federal Aviation
Administration revealed that one out of five mock weapons escaped
detection at screening checkpoints.
The findings prompted the Transportation Department last summer to
direct the FAA to "take more aggressive enforcement actions" against the
airlines so screening procedures are improved. Some air carriers "have an
interest in minimizing the costs of providing security," the task force
concluded. The airlines are responsible for the screening.
Legal group praises Kennedy
WASHINGTON - An American Bar Association panel decided
unanimously yesterday to give Supreme Court nominee Anthony
Kennedy its highest rating a week before the Senate opens hearings on
The ABA panel's rating of "well qualified" was a boost for Kennedy, a
federal appeals court judge who is President Reagan's third choice to fill
the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
The 15-member ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary
rated Kennedy, 51, well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice
Department spokesperson Terry Eastland said. The other possible ratings
were "not opposed" and "not qualified."
Entrepreneurs want to bring
world peace, pizza to Russia
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - While the superpower leaders are talking
about arms control, a couple of New Jersey entrepreneurs are dealing with
the Soviet Union to advance the cause of world pizza.
Pizza promotes global harmony because it has universal appeal, says
Louis Piancone Sr., president of Roma Food Enterprises Inc. in
Piscataway, who says the Soviet government has given him permission
to begin selling American-style pizza in Moscow in January.
"I think it's better we have peace instead of war and, as for pizza, I
can't find one person who says they don't like it," Piancone said yesterday
about the business venture he launched with Shelley Zeiger, a Trenton
businessman born in the Ukraine.
Piancone and Zeiger say their Astro Pizza Ltd. will begin peddling
Italian dishes to Muscovites from an oven-equipped van. They plan to
open 25 restraurants in Moscow.

Piancone, whose Roma company supplies pizza makers in 33 states,
said that if the Soviet venture is a success, he plans to open Astro Pizza
in Spain, Japan, China and Italy.
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